DOE Southwest Combined Heat and Power TAP: Cost Savings and Resilience through Improved Efficiency
The HARC Clean Energy program leads the Southwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership (SW CHP TAP), sponsored by the US Department of Energy as part of a nationwide CHP TAPS program. CHP is an advanced and highly- efficient approach to generating electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel right at the point of use. Every CHP application involves recovering otherwise-wasted thermal energy and putting it to use for heating, cooling, process thermal energy, or electricity. CHP both reduces operating costs and improves the power resilience of a facility.
The program provides technical assistance to industries, hospitals and universities, wastewater treatment plants, and other municipal and private interests interested in integrating CHP at their facilities. Initial project screenings evaluate energy costs for a given facility or system to determine potential savings that could be realized with CHP. This evaluation is a service provided by HARC scientists at no cost or obligation beyond the initial screening.
The program addresses the project development needs of varied industrial and commercial interests by evaluating the energy consumption for a specific facility or application. Electric power consumption is examined along with processes that require heat. Opportunities for synergy and efficiency found in these studies are further explored to develop strategies for economically installing CHP.