Chi­nese firm gets EPA nod

China Daily (Canada) - - ACROSS AMERICAS - By AMY HE in New York amyhe@chi­nadai­lyusa.com

Broad USA, which man­u­fac­tures air con­di­tion­ers pow­ered by nat­u­ral gas and heat waste, re­ceived recog­ni­tion for its power gen­er­a­tion prod­uct used by the Uni­ver­sity of Maryland Up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Med­i­cal Cen­ter to lower emis­sions and lessen its car­bon foot­print.

The com­pany along with the hospi­tal was one of four re­cip­i­ents of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s En­ergy Star CHP Award, which is given in recog­ni­tion of fa­cil­i­ties with high-per­form­ing com­bined heat and power (CHP) sys­tems.

CHP sys­tems gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity in a sin­gle, in­te­grated sys­tem, where heat that is nor­mally wasted in reg­u­lar power gen­er­a­tion is con­verted into use­ful en­ergy in­stead.

“CHP makes sense eco­nom­i­cally for big­ger fa­cil­i­ties like schools and hospi­tals,” said Sunny Wang, gen­eral man­ager of Broad USA, the US arm of Hunan-based Broad Group.

“That’s why a lot of fi­nan­cial firms are will­ing to in­vest in these prod­ucts, be­cause it’s eco­nom­i­cally fea­si­ble and the tech­nol­ogy is ma­ture,” he told China Daily on the side­lines of the On-Site Power Con­fer­ence, a clean tech­nol­ogy in­dus­try fo­rum hosted by the New York State En­ergy Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity.

The tech­nol­ogy makes even more sense in light of more er­ratic weather con­di­tions that the US has ex­pe­ri­enced in the past decade, he said, such as Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina, which cre­ated elec­tri­cal out­ages that had se­ri­ous con­se­quences in hospi­tals that lost power with hun­dreds in-house.

“The big­gest ad­van­tage is that the amount of en­ergy con­ver­sion [re­quired] is much less,” Wang ex­plained. “For ex­am­ple, if I use nat­u­ral gas to cre­ate heat­ing or cool­ing, it re­quires less en­ergy than elec­tric­ity does.”

Dou­glas Davis, the New Jersey-based com­pany’s di­rec­tor of sales in North Amer­ica, said that re­siliency is a big mo­ti­vat­ing fac­tor for fa­cil­i­ties that con­sume a lot of en­ergy since “se­vere weather is a big­ger is­sue these days”.

CHP sys­tems also lower the car­bon foot­prints of the fa­cil­i­ties that use them, which is a plus for low­er­ing emis­sions, he added.

The ma­jor­ity of Broad USA’s clients are lo­cated along the two coasts in the of sick pa­tients US, con­cen­trated in the New York tri-state area and in Cal­i­for­nia. Wang said that in gen­eral, Broad’s tech­nol­ogy is used equally in the US as it is in China, though China — along with other parts of Asia and South­east Asia — do so pri­mar­ily be­cause the economies are un­der­de­vel­oped, with there be­ing a higher chance that se­vere weather con­di­tions may im­pact power gen­er­a­tors in large fa­cil­i­ties.

Cus­tomers in the US pri­mar­ily use the tech­nol­ogy in re­ac­tion to atyp­i­cal weather events and out of con­cern for low­er­ing emis­sions and leav­ing be­hind a lower car­bon foot­print, Davis said.

Broad en­tered the US mar­ket in the late 1990s, be­com­ing one of the first Chi­nese en­ter­prises to go abroad and in­vest in the US.

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