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    A. O. Smith Develops First Solar Water Heater for High-Rise Applications in China

    Ashland City, TN (Monday, 29 June 2009)

    A. O. Smith has developed the first solar water heating system specifically designed for high-rise apartment applications in China.

    The water heaters make use of proprietary solar collector and temperature control technology to boost performance in winter and regulate water temperature in summer. Balcony mounting overcomes the lack of rooftop space often encountered in high-rise applications.

    “Solar water heaters have gained great popularity in China in the past 10 years, especially in second and third tier cities and small towns,” according to Ajita Rajendra, president of A. O. Smith Water Products Company. “Up until now, there has been no affordable solar water heating solution for popular high-rise apartment buildings where rooftop mountings are limited.”

    The new product was developed at the company’s Global Engineering Center in Nanjing, China. A. O. Smith engineers designed a unique solar collector, electronic temperature regulator, and flow control for the units which include an electric “booster heater” for overcast days.

    “Our solar development team was able to maintain the traditional storage water heater’s high performance and ease of use while developing a product for high-rise apartments that is userfriendly and affordable,” Rajendra said.

    “We are now investigating ways to utilize this technology on a more global basis,” he added.

    Last year, A. O. Smith’s European water heater operation introduced a line of integrated solar water heating solutions for utility, industrial, and commercial applications.

    About A. O. Smith: A. O. Smith Corporation, with 2008 sales of $2.3 billion, is a global leader applying innovative technology and energy-efficient solutions to products marketed worldwide. The company is one of the world's leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heating equipment, offering a comprehensive product line featuring the best-known brands in North America and China. A. O. Smith is also one of the largest manufacturers of electric motors for residential and commercial applications in North America.

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