EPRI licenses device to make home generator hookup easy and safe

Palo Alto, Calif., July 8, 2003 — The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has granted Global Power Products of Lawrenceville, Ga. a license to manufacture and market GenerLinkà¢â€ž-, an interconnection device for portable generators. GenerLink allows safe disconnection from the electric distribution system during an outage and directs power to various parts of the home.

The agreement gives Global Power Products, a developer of electricity metering equipment, the right to manufacture and market the device in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

“Many Americans have purchased generators because they worry about their computers and their comforts during a power outage, but they don’t have a convenient, economical and safe way to connect them to the wiring in their homes,” said EPRI’s director of distributed and renewable resources, Bernie Ziemianek. “GenerLink eliminates the need to run extension cords from a generator through a home, and also automatically disconnects a house from the power grid, preventing a power backfeed that could endanger utility crews maintaining utility lines.”

GenerLink is an interconnection device installed behind a residential electric meter that gives the homeowner a safe and convenient point to attach a portable generator directly into the electric wiring system. During an outage, the homeowner plugs the generator into the device’s interconnect port and the circuit box directs power to various parts of the home. It prevents risky do-it-yourself solutions that can be hazardous for the homeowner and the utility personnel working to restore power.

Ziemianek explained that utilities would like to give their customers the ability to maintain a certain level of service during a power outage. They are offering to install the device as an optional service or benefit.

“We see great potential in the GenerLink product,” said Mark Matyac, president of Global Power Products. “In the future, it could allow homeowners to provide electricity to the grid during periods of high demand. The output from a few hundred homes could minimize the need for costly replacement power.”

More information on GenerLink can be found at www.globalpowerproducts.com or call Global Power Products at 770-736-8232.

EPRI, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., was established in 1973 as a non-profit center for public interest energy and environmental research. EPRI’s collaborative science and technology development program now spans nearly every area of power generation, delivery and use. More than 1,000 energy organizations and public institutions in 40 countries draw on EPRI’s global network of technical and business expertise. Visit the EPRI website at www.epri.com.

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