BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Inventors and scientists come up with ideas and test them to find a working solution.
Mike Brookman did that with an energy-efficient engine idea he had, turning it into a home heating system.
"So what we did was literally take the wheels off of our car, that was operating on this engine, and move this into the basement. So, this new box could replace the home boiler," says Founder and President of BRASH Engines Mike Brookman.
This system still uses natural gas to start, but the heat from that fuel is then used to produce steam energy that can create power for the home it's in.
"In our cycle, just like a steam engine, what we're doing is burning that fuel very efficiently and using that hot working fluid to make responsible power," says Brookman.
So, instead of needing fuels to run power plants that shuttle energy to homes, the energy can be created "in house" from a home's heating system.
This project is where it is because of local companies willing to work with BRASH Engines.
"In a big city sometimes that's really hard to do, so that's a nice niche thing that we can offer in a small community. The ultimate goal is to create jobs for not only people in the community but graduating students that want to stay in Binghamton," says Director of Operations at the Koffman Incubator Laura Holmes..
Mike knows how much the Southern Tier has aided his idea, and he hopes his home heating systems will soon be used area-wide in the future.
"Here we are now with a complete design, it's operating. We have the customer interest, we're hoping for investor interest. But it's all because we're located here at the Koffman Incubator," says Brookman.