April 2, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] A new product has been announced by Menova Engineering. The company introduced The Power-Spar, a solar concentrator that uses a patented system to focus the sun’s energy creating heat, hot water and electrical power for everyday and emergency use. The company said their solar concentrator has been specifically engineered to provide enhanced performance even when exposed to extreme winter temperatures. According to the company, the system is 25% more efficient at supplying heat in the winter months than single-glazed solar thermal panels, along with allowing a less than 5-year payback when calculated with propane or electricity as a base heating fuel projected at a 10% increase in cost per year. The Power Spar will be launched in Toronto at the CMX Show coming up on March 25-27, 2004.