The US Environmental Protection Agency (
) is recognizing two companies for innovative new micro-CHP products that recycle wasted energy and turn it into usable electricity in homes or small buildings.
Micro-CHP systems are an emerging technology that can help change how we use and produce energy in our homes while protecting people’s health, says the EPA.
When offsetting purchases of coal-generated electricity in cold climates, this emerging technology can reduce energy use and curb carbon dioxide emissions by 20-30%.
As winners of the 2011 Energy Star Emerging Technology Award, the Freewatt micro-CHP system made by
in New York, and the Ecopower micro-CHP system made by
Marathon Engine Systems
, Wisconsin, are both helping home and small building owners, particularly in the Northeast region of the US, produce their own electricity, reducing their utility bills.
This year’s winning micro-CHP systems met strict criteria for efficiency, noise, emissions and third party-verified performance, says the EPA.
In addition to submitting laboratory test results, products were monitored in the field for a minimum of one year to be eligible for recognition.