Micro-Turbine Heating Technologies

Residential &
Light Commercial

Microturbine cogeneration

Move more of your heating/air products by integrating electric producing
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Q:What is the whole basic concept ?
A: The idea is to use micro-turbine (basically a small jet engine) to spin a generator then use the exhaust to heat your heat exchanger for hot water, air or whatever it is you’re heating. Units can be made self-starting without an outside electrical source, powering  itself , and have excess power for whatever you can dream up. This technology is applicable to forced air heat, boiler heat, pool heaters, radiant heat, centralized heat/energy source, even absorption cooling   (A/C), etc...
  Now while the idea of a micro-turbine is not unique, nor is a micro-turbine generator, however using a micro-turbine generator IN a thermostatically controlled heating device such as this to recover the waste heat IS. And that is what the patented technology covers.
  If you see, or hear of someone else using a thermostatically controlled micro-turbine heating device under one million BTU, that is called Patent infringement and will be dealt with in the US court of law.

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Q: What is Cogeneration?
A: co·gen·e·ra·tion:(Also refered to as CHP), Producing of two forms of energy simultaneously. Such as heat or electricity, from one source in such a way that both are usable rather than one being treated as waste energy. This is a desireable energy "source" being discussed and used in many places today as seen HERE.

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Q:  What is Distributed Energy ?
A: dis·trib·ut·ed en·er·gy: (Also refered to as decenteralized power, distributed energy)
  Distributed energy refers to generation or storage of electricity near the point of use. Systems include biomass-based generators, combustion turbines, solar, wind turbines, microturbines, and engines/generator sets. These technologies can greatly reduce energy use ,transmission losses, carbon emissions, and costs for energy customers -- such as hospitals and large manufacturing facilities -- that require uninterrupted electric service. The amount of elecric/power lossed when sent over long distances over the Grid, (transmission losses), are currently reaching 7-9% loss which also means the fuel being used to create that "lossed electric" is wasted and creating unnecessary emmisions. This is a hot/desireable topic among the energy industry, such as Department Of Energy.

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Q: What is a Micro-Turbine?
A:  mi·cro-tur·bine: A micro-turbine is a simple, yet sophisticated, device usually comprised of a single high-speed rotating shaft with a high-tech fan blade affixed at each end.  One fan (intake/compressor) draws in air, is then mixed with fuel and ignited.  Then, the hot, expanding gases are forced past the exhaust fan (turbine) to spin the shaft which powers the intake/compressor fan.

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Q: Does this technology work?
A: Yes!  The basics of turbine engines and electrical generation (on-site cogeneration), have been around for quite some time.  However, it has not been until recently that technology has come along far enough to produce turbine engines of this size.  With the advent of new high-tech coatings, metals, ceramics, air bearings, and new processes, we are now able to produce micro-turbines that are both relatively small in stature and capable of cogeneration in your home or small business !

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Q: What is MCHP ?
A: An acronym meaning Micro Combined Heat and Power. Like cogeneration it is production of two forms of energy simultaneously;  such as heat or electricity, from one source in such a way that both are usable rather than one being treated as waste energy except in this case "micro" refers to a smaller scale such as for residential use.

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Q: What is CHP ?
A: Acronym meaning: Combined Heat and Power.

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Q:Why use a microturbine (or turbine) for this application ?
A: Using a microturbine was an easy first choice. When the founder of MTHT first thought of creating a small scale cogeneration, the decision to use a microturbine was obvious. Having worked with many types of engines, he found the turbine to be an obvious choice for simplicity with only one moving part compared to that of an IC (internal combustion) engine with over 11 moving parts. Turbines are well suited to run at steady speeds, have high output for thier size, and have low friction/power losses due to few parts.

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Q: What is Net-Metering ?
A: Net-metering  is what you can do with you excess electric. When you already have enough for your own use and your unit has enough stored for it's next "self powered" start up, you can net-meter. Net-metering is an agreement with the electric utility that allows customers to draw power from the grid or supply power to the grid  and the customer pays only for the net amount of power consumed during the period.

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