How does it work?
A modified steam cycle is used to generate power the same way a conventional power plant does—just at a smaller scale.
Where does it work best?
Cool weather homes and small businesses that need both power and heat, as room heat or domestic hot water.
What separates BRASH from other mCHPs on the market?
BRASH is a heating system first, that also generates power. Other mCHP systems are all about power. The BRASH patented engine cycle generates heat and uses steam energy for power all in proportion to household demand for that heat and power.
BRASH is external combustion. Why’s that important?
Just like a conventional boiler or furnace, we generate heat first to keep the house warm in the winter then use spare heat to generate power, in the cleanest energy cycle available (DOE/EPA). Internal combustion systems mostly use lawnmower or snowmobile engines to make power and use engine exhaust to heat the home or bath water.
How big is the system’s footprint?
BRASH is a direct replacement for the home’s current basement furnace. Similar in size.
How many installers needed to install?
3 skill sets: site evaluation tech/HVAC installer/grid integrator, total 4-5 hours. BRASH will train.
What is the near-term plan to roll out BRASH?
We have systems to install and some interested gas and power utilities around North America. We’re looking for HVAC/electrical installers who are ready for something new and better than just another solar installation.
Path to Market?
Utilities, Installers, Homeowners:
Who benefits and who pays?
They all do: Utilities will subsidize the installation for the DER benefit, homeowners benefit from the first complete energy solution, and installers will make it happen. Estimated cost per home installation: $18,000.
How long to commercialization?
First twenty systems available 2020, initial production 2021.
Where do you see setting up U.S. operations?
Northeast HQ with egionaloffices in Midwest, Canada, New England