Yanmar America recently announced the rollout of its new 5 kW mCHP (micro-Combined Heat and Power) system, CP5WN. The new 5 kW system complements the current 10 kW system, CP10WN, and is designed for use in smaller settings than its 10 kW predecessor. Powered by natural gas or propane, the high-efficiency, co-generation unit reduces primary energy consumption by using the waste heat produced during the production of electricity to enable significant energy savings.

Just like the 10 kW system, the new 5 kW system can be used in both residential and commercial settings. The CP5WN is ideal for residential homes up to about 8,000 square feet; and, its commercial uses include: restaurants, small office buildings, laundromats, small hotels, and stand-alone retail establishments.

“Yanmar’s mCHP systems are both powerful and easy to operate,” said Ted Bregar, president of Yanmar America Corp. “By introducing the smaller 5 kW system, we are able to offer the same efficiencies and technologically advanced system to a new segment of business and residential customers than would otherwise need the larger 10 kW system. The 5 kW system can pay for itself in as little as three years. Our customers and dealers alike will no doubt be very pleased with the features and performance of Yanmar’s new 5 kW mCHP energy system.”

The co-generation design of the CP5WN makes it 84-percent efficient compared to 33-percent efficiency attained using a traditional utility plant. And, the annual savings on utility costs can be as much as $15,000 in either a commercial or residential setting. By directly generating electrical power at the system’s location, the co-generation system can reduce losses associated with electrical power transmission and use the heat energy that is produced for many heating applications. And, because the system can be powered by natural gas or propane, it has a very low impact on the environment – it reduces emissions and uses less fuel.