November 13, 2011
GTI Teams with Solar Usage Now to Install Hybrid
Solar-Natural Gas Water Heating System
BCSE member Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and manufacturing partner Solar Usage Now recently announced the first commercial installation of SUN Equinox, a new hybrid solar thermal-natural gas water heating system.
As part of a large Mecklenburg County initiative to improve the environmental sustainability of its facilities, the project team recently installed demonstration equipment at the Samuel Billings Center, a county-owned building in Charlotte, North Carolina.
This project is part of an initiative that began in 2009 at GTI, a nonprofit energy research, development and training organization. Originally designed for residential use, the system is also a highly efficient hot water delivery system for commercial and industrial applications up to 195°F. The installation at the Billings Center includes two tanks, each with a 132-gallon capacity and five solar collectors.
The project has received support from utilities through their selection of this project via their membership in Utilization Technology Development (UTD), a research and development collaborative to enhance the use, reliability, efficiency, and environmental attributes of natural gas appliances and technologies. The project has also benefited from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds supplied by Mecklenburg County.
For more details, read GTI's press release.