Startup Profile: Enviro Power Is Bringing Microcogeneration to the U.S.

Enviro Power’s small steam turbine could cut homeowners’ electricity bills by 30 percent

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Michael Cocuzza
Boxy but Good: Michael Cocuzza wants to replace traditional water heaters with turbines that also generate electricity.
Photo: Enviro Power

Cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP), is the simultaneous production of electricity and useful heat. The global market for cogeneration equipment could hit US $43.8 billion by 2020, according to market research firm Global Industry Analysts. Cogeneration is often associated with large power plants in North America, and few there have modified the technology for small-scale commercial use. And nobody is selling a microcogeneration unit in the United States that is affordable enough for the average single-family house.

That’s where mechanical engineer Michael Cocuzza, founder and CEO of Enviro Power, hopes to break in. He got started by creating a prototype for his own home’s hot water boiler, capturing the steam generated by heating water to create electricity.

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