Water going down the drain should hardly
be wasted. Or at least that’s the way Doug Guldan and Steve Mackenzie
The partners are using that idea as the core of their new
start-up — Waste Water Heat Transfer Systems. The West Bloomfield-based
firm has developed technology that will use the hot draining water to
heat water that is about to be used, saving energy costs.
an opportunity to recapture the energy we create when we heat water,”
says Guldan, president of Waste
Water Heat Transfer Systems. “Otherwise we’re just pouring it down
The system puts a copper tube for the potable water
through a bigger pipe that is taking away the waste water. The pipes are
properly separated so the potable water doesn’t have a chance of
becoming contaminated but can still be warmed by the outgoing waste
water. Guldan sees this as a way for certain businesses and institutions
who are big water users – like restaurants, drycleaners, and fitness
centers — to save a lot of money.
“There are millions and
millions of gallons of hot water used in these facilities annually,”
The partners are using a Michigan Microloan Fund
Program loan they received earlier this year to perfect the firm’s
prototype and prepare to manufacture and sell the units later this year.
Guldan’s son Matthew is also working on the project as an intern. The
company, which is utilizing the Macomb-OU INCubator’s
services in Sterling Heights, expects to hire 6-8 people by the end of
the year to help with sales and production.
Source: Doug Guldan, president of Waste
Water Heat Transfer Systems