Our Work

DOE Southwest Combined Heat and Power TAP

HARC has been working on climate mitigation and adaptation applications and technologies through the research and application of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy resilience through combined heat and power (CHP). Combined heat and power, also called cogeneration, provides both electric power and thermal energy (heat) from a single on-site source, such as a turbine or reciprocating engine. The waste heat is used to provide additional services to the facility, such as steam for heating, heat for refining and manufacturing applications, domestic hot water, or cooling through absorption chillers or steam driven turbines.

HARC’s recent award from the Department of Energy will allow its Clean Energy program to continue leading the DOEs Southwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership (SW CHP TAP). HARC is working with communities, the private sector, and institutions to help identify and implement CHP opportunities.

There are significant opportunities to reduce operational costs and improve operational resilience for:

  • Data centers
  • Chemical and refining
  • Manufacturing
  • Food processing
  • Hospitals
  • Critical infrastructure
  • Wastewater treatment plants
  • Campuses

We provide unbiased, fuel-neutral and technology-neutral resources and expertise to help industrial, commercial, federal, institutional, and other large energy users consider and evaluate CHP for their facilities. The Southwest CHP TAP assists facilities through the project development process, from initial CHP screening to installation.

CHP can help reduce energy costs and keep the lights on. Please fill out this short survey to see if CHP may be a good fit for your facility.

Please reach out to us if you need assistance with project assessments, project development or education and outreach. We look forward to working with you. Contact Gavin Dillingham at for more information.

To learn more about CHP in a variety of different applications, please check out our webinars and future events

Project Announcements

HARC's Gavin Dillingham and Satish Ravindran will manage a booth to promote U.S. DOE CHP TAP at the Water Environment Federation 6th Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference on September 25-28, 2016 in New Orleans.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

HARC's Gavin Dillingham and Satish Ravindran will present at the USGBC Texas Gulf Coast 6th Annual Energy Summit on Thursday, October 13, 2016 in Houston.

Publications, Lectures & Presentations

Gavin Dillingham will co-present the District Energy and Combined Heat and Power webinar on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, EDT.


DOE's Southwest CHP TAP and HARC lead a webinar on CHP in Data Centers - Building IT Resilience and Lowering Costs webinar on September 13, 2016.


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