Aqua-Tech Sales and Marketing Inc., is proud to be the sponsor of Lochinvar and EC Power’s launch of distribution of Micro Combined Heat and Power (µCHP) here in Canada.
EC power micro CHP systems offer the reliability of tried, tested, and true natural gas-fired engines (Toyota 4Y) to simultaneously generate both Electricity and Hot Water on site with little distribution losses that traditional power grids and heating systems struggle with. Units can operate as one single stand-alone engine, or in a larger connected group with a control system to monitor all engines and maximize efficiency to match base loads of thermally led systems, to cover off the Baseload of the Building’s thermal and electrical use. Overall efficiencies are able to reach 96% (thermal and electrical) when operating at full capacity, and very quiet at 50dB. Can be tied into existing boiler hydronic heating loops or domestic hot water, and operate as a “first on and last off” approach, which provides even more heating redundancy. Existing heating appliances now serve as back-up equipment and for higher draw demand periods. Popular sizes in Canada and North America are 19 kW and 25 kw per unit (163,000 Btu/hr hot water heating output).
Most systems paybacks vary from 3-6 years, depending on local grants and funding from government and utility incentives (wherever available). Engines are designed to last decades whereby maintenance only occurs once for a couple hours annually with minimum downtime. Over 10,000 systems currently in use in 27 countries in Europe, primarily in Germany with very low CO2 and NOx emissions.
Most popular sites and uses are: healthcare, correctional facilities, commercial laundry, car wash, university campuses, swimming pools, and snow melt systems.
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