Climate's Micro-CHP system is the result of a collaboration with American Honda Motor Co. The system produces electric power as a by-product of the normal supply of heat to a home; it can generate about 50 percent of the electricity needs of an average home. It uses natural gas and is configured to replace existing space-heating furnaces and boilers. The system is also expected to yield a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, compared to conventional heating appliances.
The Braintree Electric Light Department is sponsoring the deployment of a number of Climate's micro-CHP systems in Braintree homes in cooperation with the American Public Power Association. During the pilot program, the systems will be installed in about 25 homes. Full introduction of the product to the general home market in and around Massachusetts is slated for later this year. The systems will be offered through certified and experienced home heating contractors.