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Restaurants use waste oil for power generation

Date: 5/18/2011 - SmartPlanet.com

Last month, Billy’s Chowder House in Wells, Maine, started using the 6,000 gallons of waste vegetable oil it produces annually to produce its electricity and heat its water. The restaurant uses a Vegawatt waste vegetable oil generator, created by James Peret, president and CEO of Owl Power Company in Westport, Mass.

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Fogarty's gets grant to install waste-oil power system

Date: 12/27/2010 - Fosters.com

The "Vegawatt" system, as it's called, will generate approximately 16 percent of Fogarty's electricity eliminating 32,772 kWh of power each year, saving nearly $4,900. By using the waste heat from the power generation, the restaurant will also save approximately 1,405 gallons per year of No. 2 fuel oil previously used for water heating. The total savings for both electricity and water heating annually is nearly $8,000.


Efficiency Maine awards funds for energy projects

Date: 12/16/2010 - Seacoastonline.com

Fogarty's, a family-run restaurant and landmark in South Berwick for over 50 years, was recognized by Efficiency Maine for burning waste vegetable oil to supplement electricity and generate hot water using what is called a "Vegawatt" system. "This energy cogeneration project will offer immediate energy savings to our business and to the community of South Berwick," owner Larry Fogarty said.


South Berwick restaurant gets grant for waste oil electricity, heat system

Date: 12/9/2010 - Fosters.com

Fogarty's Restaurant will be cooking their way to a greener restaurant next year after recently receiving a $24,433 Efficiency Maine grant to buy and install a new [Vegawatt] cogeneration system that runs on waste cooking oil.


Vegawatt Powering Restaurants With Vegetable Oil

Date: 6/17/2010 - The Daily Energy Report

James Peret, the inventor of the Vegawatt explains how to generate electricity from used vegetable oil. See the Video Interview.

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AU Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2020

Date: 5/14/2010 - NBC Washington

American University has pledged to become a carbon-neutral campus within the next 10 years.

This summer, the university will be the first in the metropolitan area to install the Vegawatt, which will take used cooking oil from the dining hall and convert it, on site, to electricity and hot water, officials said.


The VegaWatt: A $0 BILLION Dollar Waste to Power Invention

Date: 3/15/2010 - The Energy Collective

Last month I had a phone interview with James Peret, the inventor of the VegaWatt. In the first part of the audio interview we talked about their ideal customers and industry landscape. Currently, the VegaWatt has had little to no competition in the restaurant industry or even in the micro waste to power industry. Any restaurant that makes more than 30 gallons of grease per month is a perfect customer and there are no other current or feasible more profitable ways for them to get rid of their waste.


NRA Announces 2010 Kitchen Innovations Award Recipients

Date: 2/10/2010 - Foodservice Equipment & Supplies and National Restaurant Association

Green Restaurant AssociationThe National Restaurant Association today announced the recipients of its prestigious 2010 Kitchen Innovations™ (KI) Award, which recognizes the most groundbreaking equipment on the global foodservice market as selected by an independent panel of experts. This year's awardees will provide restaurant and foodservice operators with new solutions to serve their guests the highest quality meals and service while increasing productivity, safety, cost-efficiency and environmental sustainability. All the KI products will be showcased in an interactive demonstration area at the 2010 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show at Chicago's McCormick Place, May 22-25.

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Veggie power: Boylston inventor's device burns cooking oil

Date: 2/10/2010 - Telegram.com

If there is indeed a "green police," as carmaker Audi suggests in its recent Super Bowl ad, chances are strong James Peret isn't a suspect.

Mr. Peret is president of the three-person Owl Power Co. that designed, engineered and built the Vegawatt, a machine that uses waste cooking oil from restaurants and food-service facilities to create electricity and hot water onsite for those businesses.

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Helping Restaurateurs Adapt to a Changing Marketplace

Briefing Newsletter

Many steps towards operating a more sustainable business may seem challenging in this economy, however even small improvements at no or low cost can produce significant results.

Finz Seafood & Grill, Dedham, MA, re-purposes its cooking oil with a specially-designed 5 kw biodiesel generator (Vegawatt) that uses 80-100 gallons of cooking oil/week, resulting in $1,000 per month savings in electricity. George Carey, owner, says the generator (6 x 5 x 2 feet) sits outside his back door, is filled twice a day, and runs 24/7. "There’s no by-product, 100% of the oil is recycled." (Ben Prentice, v.p. sales, Vegawatt, says that the generator is viable for a restaurant using a minimum of 50 gallons of oil a week and can be leased for about $450/month.)

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Run Your Store on Vegetable Oil

Date: 7/09/09 - QSR Magazine

Finding creative energy-efficient solutions isn't exactly novel for James Peret. As a child he recalls his father longing to place a water wheel in the stream behind his childhood home to "make a little power," a profound memory he attributes to inspiring his career.

These days the Massachusetts-based engineer makes more than a little power. As CEO and president of Owl Power, a developer of clean-energy systems, Peret already has three utility patents to his name and, with the advent of Vegawatt, he's poised to make a push into the foodservice industry.

Award-Winning Vegawatt

Date: 6/17/09 - Thomas Fortenberry

Could you imagine a world with engines that you just dump left-over cooking grease into — which then provides electricity and lighting for restaurant, even warms the water, all while eliminating its waste?

It already exists.

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Generator Turns Used Cooking Oil into Energy

Date: June 14, 2009 - more than a number

The evolution of diesel generators just got kicked up a notch with the invention of the Vegawatt Power System, a cooking oil-powered generator that’s being used at the Finz seafood restaurant in Dedham, Massachusetts. Popular Science gave the Vegawatt one of its Invention Awards for a nifty solution to a common restaurant problem: what to do with leftover oil and how to provide enough energy for the fryers that produce it in the first place.

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Food Service Operators are Discovering the Gold in Grease - By Glenn Hasek

Date: 6/11/09 - Hospitality Trends

Owl Power Co., Boylston, Mass., is currently testing its Vegawatt system at Finz Seafood, a restaurant in Dedham, Mass. The Vegawatt onsite cogeneration system is fully automated and requires only that the foodservice employee pour the waste oil into the tank. All other operations are handled without any employee intervention.

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Innovative On-Site System Creates Electricity From Waste Cooking Oil

Date: 6/9/09 - ECNmag.com

Columbia Tech, a US-based contract manufacturer, today announced its partnership with Massachusetts-based Owl Power to manufacture the company’s Vegawatt cogeneration system.

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Owl Power picks Worcester manufacturer for Vegawatt systems

Date: 6/9/09 - Mass High Tech

Boylston-based Owl Power Co., the developer of the Vegawatt on-site waste vegetable oil co-generation system, has chosen Worcester-based Columbia Tech to manufacture the system for commercial deployment.

Owl Power’s Vegawatt system uses waste vegetable oil from restaurant deep fryers as a fuel source, capable of providing a given site with 10 to 25 percent of its electricity and hot water and reducing energy costs, according to company documents. The system also produces no liquid byproducts.

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Elevator Pitch: Owl Power Turns Restaurants Into Mini Power Plants

Date: June 2009 - Inc. Magazine

The Pitch: "Our Vegawatt system generates power from waste vegetable oil. Any commercial kitchen with three or more deep fat fryers can use it. The system costs $32,000, is about the size of a refrigerator, is installed outdoors, and generates 10 percent to 25 percent of a kitchen's power. Typically, kitchens use disposal services to haul away their waste oil and receive 15 cents to 20 cents per gallon for it. With our system, each gallon burned saves them $3 on their electricity and natural-gas bills. Businesses can also receive a 30 percent federal tax grant on the price of the system. With those savings, they can expect a return on investment in two years. "

Vegawatt Generator Turns Grease Directly Into Power

Date: 5/28/09 - DOMESTICFUEL.com

A six-foot tall box behind a restaurant in Massachusetts is a solution to two problems: what to do with leftover cooking oil and how to power the fryers that produce all that grease in the first place.

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Green Inventions: Kitchen Grease Powered Generator

Date: 5/26/09 - greener.ideal

Kitchen grease has been used for years as an alternative source of fuels for bio-vehicles (like the one featured in the new documentary Fuel) but until now, no one has thought of using the grease to power the same kitchen it came from. The simple-but-brilliant idea came from James Peret who has been building a 5 kW grease generator for the past 4 years. His new invention can process around 80 gallons of grease every week and produce enough energy with that amount to save restaurants around $1,000 per month. Peret is planning to sell the Vegawatt generators through Owl Power Company and, although they're ready for market, there's no word yet on cost or backorders.

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Vegawatt - Green inventions for restaurants

Date: 5/21/09 - Green Energy TV

Vegawatt is one the newest and coolest green inventions that transforms Waste Vegetable Oil Into Electricity & Hot Water.

According to the company, a Vegawatt system contains more than just power generation equipment. It includes a turn-key waste vegetable oil (WVO) refinery, automatically transforming the darkest, nastiest used cooking oil into fuel appropriate for power generation.

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Vegawatt: A Generator that Runs on Grease

Date: 5/20/09 - re-nest

It took a year of 80-hour weeks before the prototype was ready. But now that it works, the Vegawatt generator can process about 80 gallons of used deep-fryer oil a week and produce five kilowatts of energy per hour, or about 10% of the typical restaurants power usage ...

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NRA 2009: Pavilions highlight organic, green product lines

Date: 5/18/09 - Fast Casual

CHICAGO — Natural and eco-friendly offerings continue to draw operators' attention as demonstrated by the products showcased in the Organic & Natural and Green Restaurant Products pavilions at the 2009 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show ...

Eco-friendly products in the Green Restaurant Products Pavilion included Vegawatt's debut of a generator that burns a restaurant's waste vegetable oil as a supplemental energy system. The system has just completed testing and is now available in the Northeast, a region with particularly high energy costs. The system has an electrical output of 5 kilowatts and consumes 30-80 gallons of used oil a week.

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Grease Lightning

Date: 5/15/09 - Popular Science Magazine

2009 PopSci Invention Award

The nondescript six-foot tall box behind Finz restaurant in Dedham, Massachusetts, looks like a tool shed, but actually it's a self-contained grease refinery and five-kilowatt generator. Engineer James Peret's Vegawatt is the first all-in-one device that processes grease to continuously provide a building with electricity and hot water, heralding a significant change in alternative fuel applications. "It's a brilliant idea," says Josh Tickell, author of Biodiesel America. "A waste stream to an energy source, with no intermediary."

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