Category: Combined heat & power

Webinar: Boosting Industrial and Manufacturing Efficiency and Resiliency with CHP

Jun 17, 2021 noon-1pm CDT
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Join us for an interactive conversation focused on strategies for industrial and manufacturing sectors to increase energy utilization, improve resilience and meet clean energy goals through the installation of combined heat and power (CHP).

Valuing Distributed Energy Resources: Combined Heat and Power and the Modern Grid

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In this paper we examine how decision makers can more precisely assess the costs of disruptive weather events and the value of resilient distributed energy systems such as combined heat and power (CHP). CHP makes up a small percentage of the energy infrastructure in the United States despite its substantial efficiency and resilience benefits. In part this is because the resilience value of CHP is not fully accounted for in energy infrastructure project cost screenings. To capture this benefit in investment decisions, we propose a framework for a metric called the Distributed Energy Resource Resiliency Value (DERRV) and discuss how such a metric might be applied to CHP.

Department of Energy Releases Updated Combined Heat and Power Installation Database

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Advanced Manufacturing Office announced today the release of the updated Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Installation Database, a database that contains a comprehensive listing of combined heat and power installations throughout the country. CHP, an efficient and clean approach to generating on-site electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source is a highly efficient way to generate electricity and thermal energy that provides facilities with increased reliability and enhanced economic viability.  Today, there are 82.6 GW of CHP installed at nearly 4,400 sites around the country.

The DOE CHP Installation Database is a data collection effort sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and maintained by ICF Inc. The updated database includes data as of December 31, 2016 and provides information on current CHP installations across the United States. It is designed to make navigation easy for visitors to the website, allowing users to:

  • Search for specific CHP systems or groups of systems.
  • Sort and filter data by categories such as application (building/facility) or fuel type.
  • Download a list of the currently operating CHP systems in the database as well as a set of summary tables for the data. In order to access the data for download, the user must register by setting up a username and password.
  • Send an email to provide any information about operating CHP systems in the U.S.

This new release of the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Installation Database reflects an increase in the overall U.S. CHP capacity, from 81.1 GW in 2015 to 82.6 GW in 2016.  The number of CHP sites grew from 4,309 to 4,395 in 2016.  This growth was fueled by the 173 new CHP installations that were entered into the database in 2016.  These installations were spread throughout the U.S., with new systems in 34 states and the District of Columbia.  The states with the most new CHP installations were New York (39), Massachusetts (27), California (19), and Pennsylvania (11).  Many of the former installations were older, larger inefficient systems. But now, many of the new installations are located at commercial and institutional sites, thus continuing the move toward smaller sized CHP systems. The 2016 installations included 30 new systems in multi-family buildings, hospitals, colleges/universities, and installations at several other commercial, institutional, and industrial application types.

Natural gas was the predominant fuel type for new CHP installations, and supplied the fuel for 80% of new systems in 2016.  However, 16% of all new CHP capacity in 2016 was fueled by waste or biomass fuels, which is twice the typical proportion of CHP capacity fueled by biomass.  CHP systems save the U.S. 1.8 Quads of fuel each year, avoiding 241 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Visit the DOE CHP Installation website to see newly released 2016 data on CHP systems operating in the U.S.

EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) supports early stage applied research and development of new materials, information, and processes that improve American manufacturing’s energy efficiency, as well as platform technologies for manufacturing energy-related products.

Combined heat and power could boost greenhouse emissions

Read the full story at EnvironmentalResearchWeb.

At first glance, combined heat and power (CHP) plants sound ideal. Heat that would otherwise go to waste can drive industrial processes or heat buildings. And as gas prices fall and electricity prices rise, installing CHP is becoming more attractive to businesses to help keep energy costs down. But now a study shows that in some locations increasing CHP could boost greenhouse-gas emissions.

Federal Facilities Earn Energy Star Combined Heat and Power Award for Carbon Pollution Reductions, Energy Savings

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognizes two federal facilities with the ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for their highly-efficient CHP systems, which increase the reliability of their electricity supply while reducing carbon pollution that causes climate change. The awards, which demonstrate how federal agencies are reducing carbon pollution in support of the President’s Climate Action Plan, were announced at the GreenGov Dialogue on Energy Management sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality in Washington, D.C.

“Combined heat and power is a highly efficient way to produce energy,” said Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “These federal facilities are leading by example and using this technology to help reduce their carbon emissions and make federal dollars go further.”

CHP, also known as cogeneration, simultaneously produces electricity and useful steam or hot water from a single heat source, using fuels such as natural gas or renewable landfill gas. By recovering and using heat typically wasted by the conventional production of electricity, CHP helps federal facilities achieve goals to reduce carbon pollution and energy use.

Award winners:·

  • Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, Albany, Ga.
  • National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

The National Archives and Records Administration CHP system achieved an operating efficiency of 72 percent—much higher than the efficiency of conventional production of electricity and thermal energy, which can be less than 50 percent. The MCLB Albany CHP system uses renewable landfill gas to produce energy that supports essential base operations, saving approximately $1.3 million annually in energy costs and reducing carbon pollution equal to that from the generation of electricity used by more than 1,200homes.

CHP is ideally suited for many federal facilities as it provides reliable electricity, heat, and cooling for offices and other facilities, as well as protecting resources (like data servers) that are vulnerable to power outages. A Department of Energy assessment of the potential for CHP at federal facilities indicated that CHP could be used at hundreds of facilities, increase power reliability, reduce transmission congestion, save taxpayers more than $150 million annually, and prevent carbon pollution equal to that from the generation of electricity used by more than 370,000 homes.

Established in 2001, EPA’s CHP Partnership program seeks to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the cost-effective use of CHP. The partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new CHP projects and to promote their environmental and economic benefits.

CCSE to push industrial combined heat and power

Read the full story in Sustainable Industries.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced this week it will dole out $2.2 million over four years to the San Diego-based California Center for Sustainable Energy to direct the Pacific regional Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership, one of seven regional partnerships.

New CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships Launched

Since 2003, the Energy Department has supported a set of regional centers to help organizations understand how combined heat and power (CHP) can improve their bottom lines and lower energy bills. Today, the Advanced Manufacturing Office announced the launch of seven regional CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships, the next generation of these centers. Located in California, Colorado, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington state, these organizations will support analyses of CHP market opportunities, offer information on the energy and non-energy benefits and applications of CHP, and provide technical assistance to end-users considering CHP at their facility.

Find more information on how the new CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships will promote and assist in transforming the market for CHP, waste heat to power, and district energy with CHP technologies and concepts throughout the United States.

Learn more about the Energy Department’s continued commitment to advancing CHP through the fact sheet and Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About CHP blog also released today.

New Guide on CHP’s Role in Promoting Reliability Released by DOE, EPA, and HUD

During and after Hurricane Sandy, combined heat and power (CHP) enabled a number of critical infrastructure and other facilities to continue operating when the electric grid went down. The Advanced Manufacturing Office is pleased to announce the release of a new guide developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide practical information on what factors must be considered when configuring a CHP system to operate independently of the grid and what steps are typically involved in CHP project development. The Guide to Using Combined Heat and Power for Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency in Buildings is intended to assist State and local officials and others involved in the rebuilding process.

The guide also responds to a rebuilding strategy report released last month by President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force to serve as a model for communities across the nation facing greater risks from extreme weather and to continue helping the Sandy-affected region rebuild. The Task Force’s report contained numerous policy recommendations, many of which have already been adopted, that will help homeowners stay in and repair their homes, strengthen small businesses and revitalize local economies, and ensure entire communities are better able to withstand and recover from future storms. CHP was featured as part of the report’s recommendations.

New Energy Department Funding to Establish Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships

In support of President Obama’s Executive Order “Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency” the Energy Department announces a new funding opportunity to establish regional Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs). These CHP TAPs will accelerate deployment of 40 gigawatts of new, cost effective combined heat and power (CHP) by helping remove market and non-market barriers. CHP is a commercially available clean energy solution that directly addresses a number of national priorities including improving the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing, increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions, enhancing our energy infrastructure, improving energy security and growing our economy.

The Energy Department will make up to $1.5 million available in fiscal year 2013 for selection of up to 8 awards under this funding opportunity announcement, and subject to congressional appropriations, the Department plans to make an additional $9.5 million available in fiscal years 2014, 2015 & 2016 to fully fund these projects, which will take 4 years to complete.

Combined heat and power is an efficient and clean approach to generating electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source. Instead of purchasing electricity from the distribution grid and burning fuel in an on-site furnace or boiler to produce thermal energy, an industrial or commercial facility can use CHP to provide both energy services in one energy-efficient step. While CHP has been in use in the United States in some form or another for more than 100 years, it remains an underutilized resource today. CHP currently represents approximately 8% of U.S. generating capacity compared to over 30% in countries such as Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands. Its use in the U.S. has been limited, particularly in recent years, by a host of market and non-market barriers. The regional CHP TAPs will play a critical role in overcoming these barriers by providing critical education and outreach and technical assistance on CHP to stakeholders. They will provide fact-based, unbiased information on CHP, including technologies, project development, project financing, local electric and natural gas utilities interfaces, and related state best practice policies. They will be vendor, fuel, and technology neutral.

View the complete funding CHP TAPs announcement.

This funding opportunity announcement is open to: (A) an energy-intensive industry; (B) a national trade association representing an energy-intensive industry; or (C) a person acting on behalf of 1 or more energy-intensive industries or sectors, as determined by the Secretary. For the purposes of this funding opportunity announcement, eligible entities also include universities and non-profits, acting on behalf of one or more energy intensive industries or sectors.

Webinars Upcoming for Brownfields Grants, Environmental Justice and Sustainability, Solar Hot Water in Higher Education Facilities, and Small-Scale CHP

October 22, 2012, 2:00–3:00 pm (EDT) – EPA FY13 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Guidelines
All potential EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant applicants are invited to this webinar, which will walk through the FY13 Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant Guidelines, discuss eligibility and ranking criteria, and answer any questions potential applicants may have

October 22, 2012, 11:00am–12:00 pm (EDT) – Mayor Bill Finch (Bridgeport, Connecticut) Speaks on Government Support for Environmental Justice and the BGreen 2020 Plan
Join Mayor Bill Finch of Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities for a webinar on how the city of Bridgeport is working to become “New England’s greenest city.” An EPA Environmental Justice Showcase Community, Bridgeport was featured in the Partnership’s 2012 Accomplishments Report and recent Partnership video.

Mayor Finch will discuss Bridgeport’s BGreen 2020 plan for a sustainable Bridgeport and how Bridgeport accessed support from state and federal agencies to help improve the quality of life for city residents. Officials from HUD, DOT, and EPA will discuss how the Partnership (which helps communities improve access to affordable housing, increase transportation options, and protect the environment) has been working to assist environmental justice communities.

  • Webinar link (no preregistration required; log in as “Guest” when the webinar starts.
  • Call-in for audio: (888) 850-4523. Participant passcode: 719661.Note that this conference has a maximum audio capacity of 299 callers. Please share phone lines if possible.

October 25, 2012, 1:00–2:30 pm (EDT) – Saving Energy through Solar Water Heating Technologies in Higher Education Buildings

This webinar, hosted by EPA’s Energy Supply and Industry Branch, will showcase solar thermal technology applications in higher education facilities that reduce water heating costs for cleaning, showering, and laundering. Two university professionals will discuss the economic, energy, and social motivations that led them to consider a solar water heating system, how they handled perceived and real risks or barriers to project development, as well as the financial and energy savings each institution has experienced. A technical expert will also provide an overview of the common solar thermal technologies in higher education that reduce water heating costs.

October 30, 2012, 1:00–2:00 pm (EDT) – Combined Heat and Power In the Mid-Atlantic: How Small-Scale CHP Systems Can Boost Energy Efficiency and Save Money
EPA Region 3 will host a webinar on small-scale combined heat and power (CHP) application in the Mid-Atlantic. The webinar will provide a forum for attendees to learn about small-scale CHP systems their economic, environmental, and efficiency benefits—particularly for hotel, college/university, and office buildings. Examples of current CHP applications in downtown Philadelphia will be profiled to highlight the CHP process. The webinar will include a presentation and case studies by Philadelphia Gas Works, the nation’s largest municipally owned natural gas utility, serving more than 500,000 customers.

  • Preregistration (required). Note that participation is limited to the first 50 registrants.

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