U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
WIP – Technical Assistance Resources
Combined Heat and Power
Combined heat and power (CHP) technologies offer astonishing benefits in terms of energy efficiencies and manufacturing emissions reductions by optimizing the use of heat produced when generating power that would otherwise be wasted. When CHP replaces central-station power generation, carbon emissions are typically reduced by 30 percent, resulting in cleaner air across the country.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) actively supports the implementation of CHP systems which, on average, are about twice as efficient as central-station power plants and on-site boilers. Currently, CHP generates about 7 percent of the total electrical power in the United States.
The best practices, project resources, and other tools identified below can aid you in utilizing the CHP technologies that are available today, or that will soon be ready for commercial release.