The US Department of Energy has identified a team of leaders in the appliance industry and asked them to develop a combined heat and power (CHP) system to provide reliable and inexpensive power for residential use. It will generate electricity and then use the rejected heat for things like space and water heating. In addition the system should provide emergency power to homes in the event of a grid outage.

The first phase of the project, expected to last about a year, will involve system analysis and design, with subsequent phases focusing on prototype development and testing.

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