AirTap Helps Illinois Team Win Hot Water Contest at Solar Decathlon 2009

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The University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) won the hot water contest at recently concluded Solar Decathlon by being the only team to get a perfect score in the category. Their winning design used heat pump water heater technology from a Houston-based company, AirGenerate. Their flagship product AirTap™ can be retrofitted onto any existing water heater tank to reduce the water heating bill by upto 70%.

We are excited to win the hot water contest. AirTap™ heat pump water heater played a pivotal role in that. We looked at several technologies but made the right choice with AirTap™. Besides being extremely efficient and capable of running on solar, AirTap™ also helped us with its cooling and dehumidification capabilities.

The University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) won the hot water contest at recently concluded Solar Decathlon by being the only team to get a perfect score in the category. They were ranked second overall and was the best American team in the contest.

Their winning design used heat pump water heater technology from a Houston-based company, AirGenerate. Their flagship product AirTap™ can be retrofitted onto any existing water heater tank to reduce the water heating bill by upto 70%. It runs on a regular 110V outlet so can be powered by solar panels as well.

"We are excited to win the hot water contest. AirTap™ heat pump water heater played a pivotal role in that. We looked at several technologies but made the right choice with AirTap™. Besides being extremely efficient and capable of running on solar, AirTap™ also helped us with its cooling and dehumidification capabilities." said Alan Mellovitz, Solar Decathlon team member from University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign).

The Solar Decathlon is an educational program undertaken by the Department of Energy to promote and encourage energy efficiency in building and operating houses. The competition features twenty US and international university-led teams. The Decathlon gets its name from the 10 specific areas of competition: architecture, engineering, market viability, communications, comfort, appliances, hot water, lighting, energy balance, and transportation. The 'hot water' segment of the contest requires teams to simulate average household hot-water consumption and deliver 15 gallons of water at 110°F in 10 minutes or less.

Rick Pal, President at Air Generate, commented "We congratulate Illinois for winning the hot water contest. We feel honoured that a cost-effective product solution AirTap beat out all other technologies in this prestigious competition. I commend UIUC and other teams for their commitment to energy-efficient designs and hard work to make it a reality at the Solar Decathlon. We also appreciate DOE for organizing this and look forward to continuing our support".

For additional information on AirTap™, please go to http://www.airgenerate.com.

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