A Stamford company is staking its claim to being the first in the nation to install a residential solar thermal heat and air conditioning system.
Mazur Mechanical L.L.C. says in a statement, “It gives Fairfield County a leg up on green technology innovation and regional builders, homeowners and businesses access to reliable zero energy heating and cooling.”
Stan Mazur, a Gdansk, Poland-trained mechanical engineer, owns Mazur Mechanical, which he describes as “a small Stamford-based HVAC company” at 30 Phaiban Lane. He said he has designed and installed “the first in the nation Department of Public Utility Control-certified zero energy solar thermal waste heat driven HVAC system that is scalable for residential use.”
He calls the availability of the system for private homes beginning at 4,500 square feet, plus commercial and industrial users, “a big deal.”
“The first residential solar thermal HVAC system in North America was installed in North Stamford this summer where it is meeting all of the heating and cooling requirements for a newly completed 12,000-square-foot family farm (residence/barn space/outbuildings),” he reported via an email statement. “That includes hot water used for sanitizing, heating incubators and keeping drinking water from freezing for a large chicken coop. The system supplies energy for heating and cooling, year-round, in not-always-sunny New England. Thanks to the waste-heat recapture, even the backyard chickens are doing their part to generate electricity. Through co-generation, the system also sends surplus energy back to the electric grid.”
Mazur says the system differs from its solar photovoltaic (electric) and geothermal cousins by providing not only heat and hot water, but also air conditioning. He bills the no-compressor system as quiet enough for a basement and much smaller than other alternative units. And, “It provides energy self-sufficiency 24/7, even during long-lasting power outages like we experienced during Sandy.”
He claims the fastest return-on-investment “compared with most commonly used solar photovoltaic and geo thermal systems.”