We like to think about Q2Power as the people’s renewable power company. While we can’t control the sun or wind, how our waste is disposed or recycled is well within our control. Each of us can make a difference because each of us are already a part of this important cycle.
Cogeneration is not a topic that interests most 8 year olds. I was no exception. But my father was an early pioneer in the field, so I listened when he discussed his work and sometimes tagged along to job sites at cool places like hospitals, hotels and prisons (well, cool to an 8 year old).
It didn’t take long to catch on and admire what my dad was doing back then. Engines that make power also make lots of heat. Why not capture that heat and use it to warm buildings and water? In doing so, we use fuel resources more efficiently, waste less and help our planet.
What made sense in the 1970s is even more relevant today. The U.S. is a habitually wasteful nation. The average American generates 4 pounds of waste per day! Our waste is flushed down toilets, washed away through garbage disposals or thrown into dumpsters, only to end up at local sewage plants and landfills.
Many people now recognize that waste and its byproducts – including methane — can be put to better use, including making power and heat (cogeneration). The more of this renewable energy resource we use, the less oil and coal we need, and the less impact we have on the environment. Waste is our responsibility and our opportunity.
Today, Q2Power is the culmination of a clean engine technology imagined by an ingenious inventor, a handful of talented engineers and business professionals who brought it to market, and a forward-thinking group of early investors who shared our vision. This vision was a realization that distributed power generation and waste management have begun to intersect, and by making micro-scale cost-efficient waste-to-power systems, Q2Power can be a leader in that movement.
We like to think about Q2Power as “the people’s renewable power company”. While we can’t control the sun or wind, how our waste is disposed or recycled is well within our control. Each of us can make a difference because each of us are already a part of this important cycle.