For the past five years, ElectroMotion Energy has been developing a unit which combines traditional heating, cooling and hot water systems in one unit which also generates electricity.
The Revolution unit is new technology and while prototypes have been in place, production work has not yet started.
The device has attracted plenty of interest internationally and within Canada.
In places where winters are cold and heating costs are high, the Revolution unit is expected to bring significant savings to those who use it.
However, the unit is not yet available to the public. It is still in the development stages.
Over the years, the design of the unit has been changed and today it is in its seventh generation.
Patents and other paperwork surrounding this invention have also taken time.
Additional steps are still required before the Revolution unit can go into production.
These steps include finalizing the design of the unit, setting up a production facility and hiring the necessary staff.
Jai Zachary, developer of the unit, hopes to have the production facility in the Okanagan Valley, preferably in Summerland. The location of this facility has not yet been determined.
If the manufacturing facility could be set up in Summerland, the entire community would notice the benefits.
In recent years, there has been discussion about how to strengthen Summerland’s economy. Job creation is part of this discussion.
When jobs are available, families will choose to come to Summerland. They will spend their money locally and their children will attend schools within the community.
Zachary anticipates hundreds of jobs, not just in manufacturing, once production begins.
The production of the Revolution unit has the potential to benefit the community.
The question is whether a manufacturing facility can be established here or whether the facility will be located elsewhere in the region.