RenewABILITY Energy Inc.

December 06, 2010 10:24 ET

Media Advisory: Simple Yet Elegant Solution for Reducing Energy Consumption Power-Pipe® Cuts Hot Water Costs

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA--(Marketwire - Dec. 6, 2010) -

Attention: Business, Technology, Green Building Construction 

Energy costs are going through the roof, yet most of the energy you use in your home to heat water is literally going down the drain. So imagine if you could recover and reuse some of that energy, if you could recycle some of the heat that is otherwise lost.

That's the thinking that drove Gerald Van Decker to invent the Power-Pipe®, and the reason why architects and engineers will be gathering to view his product at a 'green building' event in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Where: Green Building Solutions
  West Baton Rouge Conference Centre, Plantation Room
  2750 North Westport Drive
  Port Allen, Louisiana
When: Wednesday December 8th, 2010
  1:30 p.m.

The Power-Pipe is a simple, practical, yet elegant solution to reducing energy consumption in single-family homes, multi-unit residential buildings, and industrial and commercial facilities. It consists of a copper drainpipe, around which multiple copper coils are helically wrapped. As hot water flows down the drain pipe, its heat is readily transferred to incoming colder water which is flowing up through the coils.

In a typical house, almost one-third of the energy consumed goes to heating water, and 90 per cent of that goes down the drain (mostly in showers). The 60 inch (1.5 meters) Power-Pipe installed in a shower drain can raise the cold water temperature by as much as 25 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) so the home water heater does not have to work as hard.

Van Decker estimates that the residential unit will save up to 40 per cent of water heating costs. It can be purchased and installed for as little as $500, and it pays for itself in a few years. Government and utility incentives are often available to help defray the cost.

"Drain water is one of the largest and most overlooked energy resources – every year over $25 billion of valuable heat energy is wasted down the drain in North America alone," Van Decker notes.

He points out that reducing energy consumption also cuts greenhouse gas emissions. For a family of four that has installed the Power-Pipe in their home, Van Decker calculates that the GHG savings are approximately one ton per year.

The Power-Pipe Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR) System, as it is formally known, contributes points to LEED building certification and EnergyStar for New Homes. The product is UL/ULC certified.

The system can be designed into new buildings or retrofitted into existing structures. It is compatible with any type of water heating system, and has an expected service life of more than 50 years. Beyond residential applications, Power-Pipe can cut energy costs for many businesses such as laundry facilities, car washes, pulp and paper mills, food processing plants, beverage producers, and textile mills. 

Van Decker says the potential market for DWHR is some $20 billion. His company, RenewABILITY Energy Inc., manufactures the patent-pending Power-Pipe products at a plant in Waterloo, Ontario. He is currently selling the units throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, and he expects to expand into other markets and open up other production facilities in the future.

Recently, Power-Pipe received approval in France as the only DWHR system recognized in the mandatory regulation for energy efficiency in new construction.

Media are welcome to the event. Lunch will be available at 12:30 p.m. Please confirm if you plan to attend.

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Contact Information

  • To arrange an interview either in advance
    or during the event, contact:
    Holly Beetham