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MASS.-BASED INTELLIGEN INTRODUCES HOME HEATING COGENERATION SYSTEM

MASS.-BASED INTELLIGEN INTRODUCES HOME HEATING COGENERATION SYSTEM
 /ADVANCE/ GROTON, Mass., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Intelligen Energy Systems, Inc., a Massachusetts company launched by two former MIT classmates, will introduce its new residential cogeneration system at home in this community today.
 The Intelligen system produces electric power when operating to serve the home heating load. As a result, the utility bill at this Groton home dropped in February of this year from an estimated cost $80 to a $6 charge from the municipal power company.
 Intelligen brings to market a practical way of serving the heating and hot water load for an average northeast home while generating surplus power that can substantially reduce electric bills. When operating to heat the house the Intelligen unit automatically generates power that literally sends the electric meter backwards.
 This is all perfectly legal. State and federal regulations require electric utilities to pay for surplus power supplied by a cogenerator. Intelligen is the first cogenerating system expressly designed for residential use.
 This means a Massachusetts homeowner can now invest in a state-of-the-art heating system that will not only provide heat and hot water but provide the means for lower electricity costs. Based on current and anticipated electric rates in Massachusetts, a payback for the Intelligen system via reduced electricity costs could be achieved in a few years.
 As an example, this conventional 2,600-square-foot home in Groton reduced its February '92 electrical bill to a total cost of $6. This represents a savings of $74, because without Intelligen the electric bill would have been $80. Savings are highest when heating demand is greatest, because the running time for Intelligen will ostensibly be greatest during winter months.
 The first generation of Intelligen Systems uses conventional No. 2 heating oil as the fuel source. Fuel enters the Intelligen system from the homeowner's existing oil storage tank, as it would to power any traditional boiler or furnace. From there, Intelligen's "smart" engine technology takes over, creating energy efficient production of heat and hot water while generating electricity at the same time.
 In developing the system, Intelligen principals Thomas Sciacca (Wayland, Mass.) and Neil Slavin (Groton, Mass.) used the concept of cogeneration dating back to Thomas Edison who envisioned that the waste energy produced by urban power plants could provide heat to neighboring homes and businesses. Slavin explains, "The key is to move the power plants to a place where you can use the energy. We characterize this as a home heating system that happens to produce electricity."
 Intelligen can be reached via phone at 508-692-0724 or by fax, 508-692-0074. The corporate mailing address is P.O. Box 120, Westford, Mass. 01886.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: PRESS BRIEFING - MARCH 25, 11 a.m. AT INTELLIGEN HOME SITE, GROTON, MASS.
 House is in Groton (just over the Westford line). From Route 495, exit onto Route 119; head west toward Groton. Continue three miles, take a sharp right at flashing yellow light onto Route 255. Continue one mile and take left onto Hayden Road. House is approximately 3/4 of a mile on left side (rust color).
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 /CONTACT: Lee Yaffa of Greystone Services, 617-593-0177, for Intelligen Energy Systems/ CO: Intelligen Energy Sytems, Inc. ST: Massachusetts IN: UTI OIL SU:


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