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Wayco Wayne_2
Wayco Wayne_2 Member Posts: 2,479
As I mentioned on another thread I have been reading the Freewatt web page. It was obviously written by sales people and I find the important information hard to find. Has anyone trained to install them? Has anyone here installed them? What is the off shoot. What is the equivalent efficiency as compared to a mod con boiler? How much monetary value does the generation of electricity add to the savings in energy dollars? What other brands are out there?  Inquiring minds want to know.  

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  • Maggie Reed
    Maggie Reed Member Posts: 22
    edited September 2010
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    Wayne -

    To answer a few of your questions:

    This page (http://www.freewatt.com/dealer_inquiry.asp) on our website offers a little more technical detail that you may be looking for.  Also, I think you may find the videos on this page (http://www.freewatt.com/index_ani.asp) helpful.  If you'd like even more technical detail, please don't hesitate to contact me.  We have designed our website as a consumer site which is why you won't find much of the technical information.  We keep all of that on a secure site that our dealers have access to.  The training we offer is a comprehensive three day training which we hold at our headquarters in Utica, NY.



    The freewatt(R) system is paired with a mod con boiler that has an AFUE of 95%.  The overall system efficiency is around 90%.  The typical electricity savings is about half the consumers electric bill.  It can be more if the homeowner is using the system for domestic hot water as they will continue to get usage of the Honda generator in the summer.  It can also be used for pool heating for additional run time.



    Right now we are the only residential combined heat & power system available in the US.



    If you have additional questions, please dont hesitate to contact me. And please take a look at this short informational video: http://www.ecrmediasite.com/StreamingEmail/freewatt.html.  It takes a few minutes to load, but I think you'll find it worth while.



    Kind Regards,

    Maggie Reed

    freewatt(R) Marketing Manager



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  • jpf321
    jpf321 Member Posts: 1,568
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    the only one in the US?

    It seems that this is also available in the US...

    http://www.marathonengine.com/video_eco.html

    am I missing something that makes Freewatt different from Ecopower and hence your ability to make the claim of the only one in the US?



    A google search on "micro chp" yields quite a few results.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=micro+chp
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  • Wayco Wayne_2
    Wayco Wayne_2 Member Posts: 2,479
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    Thanks for the info

    I spoke at length with a techie from Freewatt yesterday. I came away with a better understanding of the product they offer. The engine produces 12,000 btu's of heat while running and 1200 watts of lelctricity. The idea is to have the engione running as long and as often as possible so you can heat your house and hot water slowly while generating electricity. The engine is backed up by staged furnaces or mod con boilers to fill out any additional capacity you may need. I am going to Comfort Tech in Baltimore to look it over some more. It seems like a good idea but I need more information before offering it to my customers. WW 
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