Japanese firm Yanmar’s American office has announced the rollout of its new 5 kW mCHP (micro-Combined Heat and Power) system, CP5WN.

The new 5 kW system, complements the current 10 kW system, CP10WN, and is designed for use in smaller settings than its 10 kW predecessor. Powered by natural gas or propane, the high-efficiency, cogeneration unit reduces primary energy consumption by using the waste heat produced during the production of electricity to enable significant energy savings.

  Just like the 10 kW system, the new 5 kW system can be used in both residential and commercial settings. The CP5WN is ideal for residential homes up to about 8,000 square feet; and, its commercial uses include: restaurants, small office buildings, laundromats, small hotels, stand-alone retail establishments and fitness centers.

  “Yanmar’s mCHP systems are both powerful and easy to operate,” said Ted Bregar, president of Yanmar America Corp. “The 5 kW system can pay for itself in as little as three years.”

  The cogeneration design of the CP5WN makes it 84-per cent efficient compared to 33-per cent efficiency attained using a traditional utility plant. And, the annual savings on utility costs can be as much as $15,000 in either a commercial or residential setting.

  By directly generating electrical power at the system’s location, the cogeneration system can reduce losses associated with electrical power transmission and use the heat energy that is produced for many heating applications.

Detailed specifications of the new mCHP 5 kW energy system are available on the Yanmar website.

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