Combined heat and power (CHP) is an efficient and clean approach to generating on-site 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, CHP provides both energy services to a facility in one energy-efficient step.
The US Department of Energy has established regional technical assistance programs to assist business and government/institutional energy users determine whether CHP can help reduce their energy costs. These services include market analysis, assistance in implementation, and technical assistance to help with specific projects and issues. The Southeast CHP Technical Assistance Program is based at NC State University and directed by Isaac Panzarella. Contact him at 919-515-0354, or visit www.southeastCHPTAP.org.