Dresser Waukesha, a manufacturer of natural gas engines, has received a $6.6 million award from the U.S Department of Energy to develop a combined heat and power (CHP) engine-generator system. The company also invested $5 million of its own money into the electric power generator project.

Dresser Waukesha will develop a system that will generate 1 to 1.5 MW of electricity and up to 1.5 MW of hot water or steam for use in commercial and industrial applications. The package is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by one-third compared to a coal-fired or natural gas-fired boiler.

The program also includes a field test that will demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of the advanced engine-generator system.

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