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Rotterdam company gets National Grid grant

A Rotterdam company received a $40,000 grant from National Grid to help build and test a clean electricity appliance.

Ener-G-Rotors, Inc. is known for its award-winning commercialization of appliances that turn low-temperature heat into electricity. The process has opened up new markets in industrial waste heat and has transformed technology for industrial processes, commercial buildings, solar thermal collectors, geothermal sources, biomass boilers and combustion engines.

Its GEN4 system, an appliance that converts low temperature heat to carbon free electricity at 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, is the company's latest technology it hopes to produce on a commercial basis. The National Grid grant will cover electrical upgrades and help establish proper metering for introducing power on to the electrical grid, according to a news release issued Monday.

“The GEN4 will help industrial businesses recover some of the quadrillions of BTUs of low grade waste heat that they now throw away,” said Ener-G-Rotors CEO Michael Newell in the release. “National Grid has been important to our success so far and we expect their support to be important in the future as well.”

About 20 to 50 percent of industrial energy is lost as waste heat, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. More than half of that waste heat is considered low-temperature. The GEN4 system creates no emissions and uses waste heat that would otherwise be exhausted into the atmosphere.

“National Grid is proud to have partnered with Ener-G-Rotors on the interconnection of the GEN4 system to the grid," said William Flaherty, National Grid's director of customer and community management in the release. "The system provides an economic solution to generating electricity at temperatures and sizes previously not possible. It opens up a whole new market and has far reaching implications on energy use and conservation and the entire global energy industry.”

In September 2012, Ener-G-Rotors closed a $1.5 million financing package with Bright Capital Seed Fund to help boost development of its clean technology and broaden its commercial opportunities on the global market.

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