KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania, get ready for (GPT) Green Power Technologies, LLC's new energy savings "smart plug" called BERT. BERT (short for Best Energy Reduction Tools) is an energy control freak that allows you to control energy use throughout a building. The BERT plug turns on and off according to whatever schedule is programmed into the PC-based control program using a building's existing WiFi network.
King of Prussia-based GPT starts manufacturing this week. "People told us that we'll have to go offshore if we want to manufacture electronics at an affordable, competitive price, but we resisted," said Craig Puschnigg. He is a Naval Academy graduate, class of 1992, a veteran, and a Pennsylvania native. So, he has his loyalties. "I'm not saying it was easy, there were many naysayers, and those who just could not meet our price point. Then we went to visit Millennia Group, a manufacturer in Cheswick, PA. We liked the way they handled getting to know BERT. They jumped right in and added value engineering from day one," he continued.
BERT has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services COSTARS program, a statewide purchasing program used by schools, libraries and local governments. "This is a great technology," says librarian Bob Rekuc from the Indian Valley Public Library in Telford, PA. "We have lots of computers in the library, and while we should turn each one of them off each night we don't always do it. It's nice that BERT can turn them on and off for us."
BERT also works well in office settings. For example, the Sustainable Energy Fund in Allentown has been using BERT to turn off computers, water coolers and office equipment when their offices are closed. "Technologies like BERT are critical for the next stage in energy conservation," says SEF's John Costlow. "The ability to control all those smaller energy uses is key to meeting larger energy savings goals."
"We're excited to be manufacturing in Pennsylvania. With all the talk of industry moving offshore, people need to realize that there are growing businesses catering to tomorrow's needs," continues Puschnigg. And it's not just manufacturing. GPT is also using local talent for design, engineering and marketing. While GPT is a privately held company, it has received funding from the Ben Franklin Technology Partnership, a statewide fund dedicated to helping keep technology jobs in the state.
"BERT has been well received by industry," reports Bob Powell, who is heading up GPT's sales and distribution channels. "We're receiving orders from electrical distributors and rep firms from across the country," says Powell. More information about the technology can be found at www.bertbrain.com
SOURCE Green Power Technologies, LLC