WALTHAM, Mass. — Ilios Inc., a subsidiary of Tecogen® Inc. (NASDAQ: TGEN) announced today the sale of a water-source gas engine-driven heat pump water heater (HEWH-500-WS) to the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. Introduced earlier this year, the product heats water at over two times the efficiency of traditional boilers, while providing chilled water as a free by-product. The Ilios equipment will provide domestic hot water for their 212,000 square-foot Forrest E. Mars Jr. Athletic Center, while producing free chilled water for air-conditioning.
The Ilios high efficiency water heater will be offsetting the current oil boiler plant, cutting their fuel usage to heat the water in half. The free chilled water will reduce electricity consumed in the existing electric chiller plant. By producing the heat more efficiently with less fuel and offsetting electricity use, the carbon reduction realized will be dramatic. In addition to saving money and cutting their carbon footprint, the Ilios product line comes equipped with an industry leading emission-control system. The patented Tecogen® Ultra™ system reduces the criteria pollutants (in particular, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide compounds) to near zero meeting the toughest standards in the country today.
"We have a strong desire to provide our students with a great educational experience. Part of that experience includes a sustainable campus. The addition of the Ilios product to our recent efficiency efforts such as our renewable biomass plant is helping us inch even closer to our goal of being carbon neutral by 2020," said Joshua Hahn, Assistant Head of School at Hotchkiss.
Due to the unique ability to run on propane, the Ilios product provides a solution to facilities in rural areas that do not have access to the natural gas pipeline. The Ilios product provides relief from high fuel costs while being aligned with the sustainability goals held by the majority of educational facilities.
"It is a great opportunity as there are dozens of similar private schools in Connecticut that have large athletic facilities with simultaneous needs for heating (for pools and showers) and cooling (air conditioning)," said Stephen Lafaille, Product Manager for Ilios Dynamics. "We are looking forward to leveraging the school's installation to grow this market segment while helping reduce the fuel costs, carbon footprint, and criteria pollutants for many other forward thinking schools."
Ilios Dynamics, a subsidiary of Tecogen Inc., was formed in April 2009 to develop and distribute a line of ultra high-efficiency heating products for commercial and industrial applications utilizing advanced thermodynamic principles. Products incorporate mechanical work to extract heat from the environment to supplement chemical energy available from natural gas or propane. The result is a significant boost in efficiency and reduced carbon emissions relative to conventional heating systems.
Tecogen manufactures, installs, and maintains high efficiency, ultra-clean combined heat and power products including natural gas engine-driven cogeneration, air conditioning systems, and high-efficiency water heaters for industrial and commercial use. Tecogen has shipped more than 2,000 units, supported by an established network of engineering, sales, and service personnel across the United States. For more information, please visit www.tecogen.com.
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