SMTI’s first commercial water heating field test was commissioned in North East Tennessee in April, 2018. A 140,000 btu/hr gas absorption heat pump prototype was installed at a commercial laundry facility where it will provide base load water heating over the next year. For ease of installation, the GAHP and a pair of 100 gallon storage tanks were skid mounted and pre-plumbed prior to delivery. The prototype is expected to run at full capacity for the majority of each day as it helps to heat 15,000 gallons of hot water each day, reducing the energy use of the existing low efficiency boiler.
The single unit is expected to save the business several thousand therms and dollars in operating costs for the year!