“Imagine if your hot water heater could generate enough electricity to power your entire house, while still heating your water. That’s the promise of Nirvana’s Home Energy System. Using clean natural gas that’s already running to your house, our combined heat and power (CHP) system generates electricity, hot water and heat (for radiator-based home heating).
Nirvana’s Home Energy System:
– Costs about the same as a boiler
– Generates electricity at rates generally lower than local utilities
– Heats water
– Lowers your carbon footprint
– Works during utility power outages
– Excess electricity can usually be sold back to the power company
– Significantly reduces energy bill by generating heat and electricity from the same device
– Payback in 2-3 years
– Reduces CO2 footprint (Greenhouse gasses).
– Reduces energy consumption
– Creates a more-stable energy grid
– Simple, reliable, quiet, small Power Stick™
– Simple replacement of boiler/hot water heater
– Increase reliability in time of natural disasters
The TAPS™ technology is quiet, and vibration free allowing the TAPS™ system to be placed in the kitchen, cellar or attic. It is small in size, less than 32″ in length, and 8-10″ in diameter while producing 2-4 KWe and 15-35 KWh. The TAPS™ unit weighs less than 60 pounds. The TAPS™ system is networked via the Internet and multiple units can be connected into a distributed power plant.
Source: Nirvana Energy Systems
Note: This is the real deal. Nirvana’s TAPS energy system was developed in cooperation with NASA Glenn Research Center. The system is currently undergoing testing for commercializtion. According to the press release from NASA, “The Thermo Acoustic Power Stick or TAPS… is designed to convert a home’s natural gas supply into electricity, providing the home with its own mini power plant, or micro-grid.”
I read about these exciting sustainable energy breakthroughs every day at e-catworld.com. TAPS is one of many emerging co-generation or combined heat and power (CHP) energy systems. The same systems can also provide cooling. ‘GreenWin’, a knowledgeable and frequent commenter on the e-catworld blog, points out “This is a rather huge development since the thermo-acoustic Stirling uses no moving parts to generate it’s energy. As best as I can determine from the patent, they tune a standing acoustic wave to compress and decompress a ferromagnetic gas/liquid. The invention belongs to the American people as it was developed at NASA GRC. The NA rights have been exclusively assigned to Nirvana, a principle of which is A. Dyson one of the NASA inventors.” So wow, maybe we’ll see this on the market in the next few years.
Taking this a step further, someday we might be using MagneGas fuel made from industrial and agricultural wastes in these TAPS energy systems instead of natural gas. Developed by multi-Nobel candidate Dr. Ruggero Maria Santilli under DOE grants, MagneGas is already on the market in select locations. Watch the videos on the MagneGas website for more details. This is an exciting company to follow. One example is MagneGas plasma arc processing of flu gas from coal power plants can reduce CO2 emissions by 30-40%, increase heat output and reduce other pollutants. Each of the thousands of coal power plants in the world could save millions of dollars per year using the MagneGas system.