Combined Heat and Power in Action

What is Combined Heat and Power?

Combined heat and power (CHP)—sometimes referred to as cogeneration—provides a cost-effective, near-term opportunity to improve our nation's energy, environmental, and economic future. CHP is an efficient and clean approach to generating on-site electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source.

Is there any potential, and are there real opportunties in my market?

The newly published Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Potential in the United States market analysis report  provides data on the technical potential in industrial facilities and commercial buildings for “topping cycle” CHP, waste heat to power CHP (WHP CHP), and district energy CHP in the U.S. Data are provided nationally by CHP system size range, facility type, and state. Each state’s technical potential is shown in detail on state profile pages that include break-downs by size range and facility type.

Is CHP a good fit for my facility?

The CHP Deployment Program provides stakeholders with the resources necessary to identify CHP market opportunities and support implementation of CHP systems. DOE’s CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs) are available to answer your CHP questions. A new CHP TAPs fact sheet provides an overview of the CHP TAPs and highlights CHP success stories at Better Plants Partner sites.

Where has CHP been installed?

The U.S. Department of Energy database of CHP installations provides information about CHP systems currently operating in the United States including locations, organizations served, and facility characteristics. Features include search and filter options and the ability to download a list of operating CHP systems and national-level summary tables.

Browse CHP technology project profiles

More than 200 CHP Project Profiles compiled by the CHP TAPs can be searched by state, CHP TAP, market sector, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code, system size, technology/prime mover, fuel, thermal energy use, and year installed.

Read CHP Policy and Program Profiles

DOE's CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs) have developed a series of profiles describing current policies or programs impacting CHP deployment in their regions, including history of development, outcomes of successful policies, and lessons learned in implementation. These profiles highlight successful programs and best practices that can be used as models throughout the country.

Learn about CHP Technologies and Applications

Technology fact sheets explain the fundamentals and characteristics of CHP, including the following common CHP technologies and applications: fuel cells, gas turbines, microturbines, reciprocating engines, steam turbines, absorption chillers, microgrids, district energy, and thermal energy storage.