'Power plants' in the basement heat up

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Old 01-31-07, 09:47 AM
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'Power plants' in the basement heat up

I saw this at the Boston Home Show last week:

http://news.com.com/Power+plants+in+the+basement+heat+up/2100-11392-6154894.html?part=dht&tag=nl.e703

What's the opinion of the heating pros here?[/b]

"A Massachusetts company next month will release a combination power generator and space heater, a system that can cut down on electricity bills, according to backers--at least while the heat is running.

Climate Energy was formed in the year 2000 to bring "micro-combined heat and power," or micro-CHP, to consumers in the U.S.

Climate Energy's system is designed around a Honda internal combustion engine that burns natural gas to generate electricity. A heat exchanger feeds any captured heat to a furnace, which then distributes the hot air.

If sized right, the combined heat and power unit can heat a home during the cold months of the year and slash a home's electricity bills, according to the company's president and CEO, Eric Guyer."

I'm not a Civil Engineer, but it sounds like a reasonable concept, As a Massachusetts resident I might look into this. . . .
 
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Old 01-31-07, 10:04 AM
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Thats not new . It goes back to about 1950's. It has been used like in a filling station way out on the hyway. Where the cost to get power to it was to much. Like you said you could get the set up to run on anything NG, oil, LP or car gas. It made the electric ,the hot water. Would heat or cool the place also.

But on big setups on some in St Louis. They put in 3 units . One to run all the time. One to help pick up a bigger load. One that can be down to service if need be. Yes they work good but Id say no way for a home.
 
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