GE Consumer & Industrial is developing a line of solar water heaters that are designed to meet 2009 Energy Star guidelines. These water heaters will be conceived at the new Solar Lab at GE Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky.
‘GE has recently driven changes in water heating technology by developing both tankless gas and hybrid electric water heater products,’ says Kevin Nolan, vice president of technology for GE Consumer & Industrial. ‘Using solar energy to heat water for the home is the logical next step in the evolution of waters heaters.’
During product development and testing, GE will pair solar-thermal power with a number of backup energy sources and designs to maintain performance on cloudy days. The solar water heaters are set to launch next year in limited markets.
SOURCE: GE Consumer & Industrial