The first MTU Onsite Energy combined heat and power (CHP) system in North America was installed in MTU America’s own regional headquarters in Novi, Michigan in 2012. Since then, nearly 40 companies have visited Novi to learn more. “The most common reaction is ‘wow.’ Many have never realized these units and the technology existed,” says J. George Polson, co-program manager, MTU America. “They all find it interesting to see it in operation and to get a better feel and understand what it's all about.” After one heating season, the results are in. Running at more than 90% efficiency, the unit has generated $26,000 in heating cost savings and $4,700 in electricity. And next season will bring even better numbers, Polson says. “We expect it to be better next winter because we learned a lot about how the CHP unit and the building’s furnace system works together. The electricity savings was a pleasant surprise. So much so, we’re considering running the unit in the summer to produce electricity.”
MTU Onsite Energy CHP systems are now available in the United States, Canada and Mexico through a network of authorized MTU Onsite Energy distributors. MTU America’s Novi location features a Series 400 GC128N6 CHP system, powered by natural gas. The compact Series 400 model can also be fueled by biogas, landfill gas or sewage gas, producing 128 to 358 kWe. MTU Onsite Energy also offers a larger Series 4000 model fueled by natural gas, producing 763 to 2,135 kWe. Both models are in use worldwide at over 2,700 installations.
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