A systems engineer with the Virginia Retirement System designed the system that saves the $50 million in the most costly system repair in the nation.
The system is designed to be a self-contained, battery-powered, heat pump system that has the capacity to pump more than 100,000 gallons of water in about three minutes, according to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
This system is currently used in the Norfolk and Portsmouth area.
This system also saves time and money for homeowners in the area because they can keep more water flowing and heat pumps running when they are needed.
The system works by combining an electric pump that pumps water from the outside of the home to the boiler and a battery-driven heat pump that can provide about 50 percent of the heat for heating and cooling of the entire home, according a statement from the Virginia Energy Department.
The system is used to pump about 80 gallons per minute in the system.
A Virginia Energy spokesperson told Newsweek that the system was designed to meet federal regulations and is certified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
“This system was tested in a simulated water flow environment with the most efficient system that we have,” the spokesperson said.
“The system provides sufficient energy efficiency to operate safely in this system, which is one of the highest in the country, and is expected to provide savings of more than $50,000 in the next five years.”
The spokesperson said the system’s performance in a water flow test was comparable to the best systems in the world, and the system is expected for a full commercial installation in the coming years.
Terry McAuliffe announced in June that Virginias water pump systems would be tested in an automated water flow system test.
The Virginia Energy system is now under testing.
According to the governor, the system would cost $10,000 to $15,000 more than the average water pump in the state, but is expected, if approved, to save $100,000 annually.
The governor also said that the technology would be available in the future.
In June, the Virginia Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, or ENERV, also announced that it was evaluating its water pump system in a similar manner to the headright system.
ENERVs systems are designed to use an automated, water flow testing process that uses the flow of water from an outside source to power a pump that uses solar energy to pump water from a tank in the home.
The results of this testing will be released in the spring of 2019.