Southcentral CHP TAP Past Events

PAST EVENTS

  • Webinar: Beyond Fossil: Using Biogas & Biomass with CHP, November 30, 2021

CHP is an effective and fuel-flexible way to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, and decrease air emissions while improving facility resilience and meeting sustainability goals. Experts from the DOE Southcentral CHP TAP held an interactive session that explained how CHP can be used with biomass and biogas.

  • Webinar: CHP and the Clean Energy Future, November 17, 2021

The Combined Heat and Power Alliance (CHPA) hosted a free webinar about how CHP fits into future energy systems. Participants learned about the current state of the electric grid and gas system in the United States, the future of each, and how CHP will continue to work with these systems to provide cleaner, reliable energy that will support our communities and make them more resilient in the face of a changing climate. Attendees also heard about the U.S. Department of Energy's work on CHP and learned about the CHP system at the Ford Motor Company campus in Dearborn, Michigan.

  • Webinar: Brewing Heat, Power, and Beer with CHP, October 28, 2021

What’s your brew? Breweries use large amounts of energy as the brewing process involves heating and cooling. Experts from New Belgium Brewing and the Upper-West CHP TAP held an interactive session that explained how CHP can efficiently provide the energy needed for every stage of the brewing process.

The second annual National Summit on CHP, hosted by the Combined Heat and Power Alliance, focused on CHP’s resilience and reliability benefits. On September 13 at 3:30 PM EDT, Gavin Dillingham, Director of the Upper-West and Southcentral CHP TAPs, presented a session titled “CHP TAPs Update.”

DOE experts shared how to identify candidate CHP projects opportunities, provided an overview of the CHP project development process, and explained the step-by-step screening analysis for CHP – a no-cost service provided to end-users through the DOE CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAP) program.

This webinar focused on strategies for industrial and manufacturing sectors to increase energy utilization, improve resilience and meet clean energy goals through the installation of combined heat and power (CHP).

The U.S. Department of Energy’s 2021 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit was held virtually May 17-20, 2021. This four-day leadership symposium consisted of online webinars and peer exchanges with fellow industry stakeholders and experts. This annual event for Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners and other stakeholders provided the opportunity for professionals to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency.

A panel of experts discussed the roles of combined heat and power (CHP) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in sustainable and resilient cities. The webinar covered market trends, technologies, and technical resources in addition to highlighting how end-users can earn LEED points with CHP.

  • Webinar: Turn Energy Efficiency Into Cash Savings, April 15, 2021

Four Texas Industrial Energy Efficiency Network (TIEEN) organizations – Southcentral CHP TAP, Texas A&M University-Industrial Assessment Center, TMAC (a NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center), and Texas PACE Authority – discussed technical support and financing opportunities that are available to Texas manufacturers to improve efficiency, resilience, competitiveness, and profitability.

One opportunity for industrial and manufacturing facilities to improve efficiency is to recover waste heat and use it to generate power, also known as waste heat to power (WHP). This webinar provided information on state-of-the-art CHP and WHP technologies, applications, market trends, case studies of successful projects, and available technical assistance resources.

New important features have been added to National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s free solar+wind+storage online optimization tool, REopt Lite. This webinar focused on REopt Lite’s new CHP module, which allows users to evaluate the economic and resilience benefits of different types of CHP prime movers as well as chilled water storage, hot water storage, and absorption chillers. These technologies can be evaluated on their own or in combination with solar PV, wind, and battery storage.

  • Webinar: LEEDing with CHP, February 25, 2021

Combined heat and power (CHP) is an effective way to improve energy efficiency, reduce energy costs, and decrease carbon emissions while improving facility resilience and meeting sustainability goals. On this webinar, a panel of experts from the Upper-West and Southcentral CHP TAPs and U.S. Green Building Council explained how facilities can earn LEED points by using CHP.

  • Webinar: Microgrids and Combined Heat and Power for Resilience, Emissions Reduction, and Savings, January 28, 2021

Participants learned how microgrids and combined heat and power (CHP) can provide significant operational savings and benefits to facilities. Gavin Dillingham, Director of the Department of Energy’s Southcentral CHP Technical Assistance Partnership, discussed the benefits CHP can provide to local and state facilities, including improving resilience, reducing emissions, integrating onsite renewable energy, and lowering overall operating costs. Doug Edgar, VP of Operations with White Harvest Energy, shared a case study of Wesleyan University’s CHP project.

The Industrial Energy Technology Conference (IETC) featured topics important to industrial energy managers, utility experts, government program managers, vendors and others. Gavin Dillingham, Director of the Southcentral CHP TAP, and Bob Gemmer, CHP Technology Manager at U.S. Department of Energy, presented “Two Birds with One Stone – How Industry Becomes More Resilient and Reduces Costs with CHP” on December 8.

  • Webinar: Show Me the Money! – How to Finance Combined Heat and Power (CHP), November 19, 2020

Financing CHP projects can be a challenge. This webinar provided analysis of various ways to finance CHP projects. The interactive discussion included market trends, savings and efficiency benefits, and best practices for how to finance technologies that help facilities stay powered up.

  • Webinar: Energy Resilience and CHP Microgrids for Higher Education and K-12, October 29, 2020

On this webinar, the Southcentral CHP TAP introduced the market trends and drivers of CHP-based microgrids in educational buildings and campuses. A series of successful case studies in this sector were discussed along with the services provided at no cost by the CHP TAPs. The webinar was organized in collaboration with the Texas Energy Managers Association.

This webinar focused on the growing opportunities for combined heat and power (CHP) technologies in the hospitality industry. Upper-West and Southcentral CHP TAP presenters were joined by Kyle Krow, Strategic Accounts Manager at Aegis Energy Services; he discussed different successful installations, including their technical features and the business models adopted by the users.

With an increase in power outages due to natural disasters, it is vital that hospitals take the appropriate steps to keep the lights on. Combined heat and power (CHP) is a proven onsite electric power system that can increase the resilience of a hospital’s operation, while also providing vital, low cost thermal and cooling services. This webinar discussed how hospitals can bring peace of mind to their operations with CHP. The webinar also featured a discussion of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Galveston CHP system, which prevented a power outage on the campus during Hurricane Harvey.

The webinar focused on innovative ways to finance the development of efficiency and resiliency strategies, including combined heat and power (CHP) systems. A panel of experts discussed a variety of ways to finance projects, including Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE), rebates and incentives, and Department of Energy tools and resources.

  • Webinar: CHP and Commercial Operations - Efficiently Cooling Buildings with CHP, May 5, 2020

Commercial office buildings are continually looking for ways to reduce operating costs through improved efficiencies, enhance tenant comfort and keep the lights on during and after major natural disaster events. Many buildings can address these issues through the application of combined heat and power (CHP). A fast growing opportunity to CHP applications is the use of absorption chillers. On this webinar, the Southcentral CHP TAP was joined by Abhijit Moholkar, International Sales Manager, from Thermax. Abhijit discussed a variety of CHP applications using absorption chillers and presented some cases of successful installations.

Webinar introduced state of the art of CHP and waste-heat-to-power technologies, applications, and market trends. Case studies of successful projects, their best practices, and lessons learned in different market sectors were discussed. The webinar also covered available technical assistance resources.

Wastewater treatment plants are increasingly concerned with power resilience for continuity of operations during outages that can occur with storm events or other causes. CHP offers both power resilience for confident emergency preparedness and energy efficiency essential for reducing energy costs. On this webinar, the Southcentral CHP TAP explained how CHP can support energy savings and resilience goals at a WWTP. The webinar also covered best practices and lessons learned from the CHP plant located at the Southside Waste Water Treatment Plan in Dallas, TX.

The Southcentral CHP TAP hosted a webinar on the opportunities and applications of combined heat and power (CHP) at data and IT facilities. The application of CHP is proving to be a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money, and improve facility resilience. This interactive session covered the drivers and strategies that have helped facilities in the data center and IT industries successfully adopt CHP as well as discussed lessons learned and best practices.

The International Petroleum Environmental Conference (IPEC) brings together professionals involved in developing and implementing technology to address and resolve petroleum environmental problems, and to share best practices and information. Southcentral CHP TAP presented at the conference.

  • Energy Efficiency for Grid Resilience Workshop, August 28, 2019, Arlington, TX

Disruptions in power occur for a variety of reasons in North Central Texas. This workshop explored ways local governments can better prepare for future disruptions by reducing their electric demand through improvements in energy efficiency and implementation of technologies such as distribution generation and microgrids. Speakers included Gavin Dillingham of the Southcentral CHP TAP and Dorothy Gilliam of North Central Texas Council of Governments. The workshop was for energy managers, facility managers, personnel that manage electric contracts, and/or collect or report energy and water usage data.

The US Department of Energy’s 2019 Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit was held in the Washington, D.C. metro area. This annual event for Better Buildings, Better Plants Partners and other key stakeholders provides the opportunity for professionals to explore emerging technologies and share innovative strategies in energy and water efficiency.

Combined heat and power (CHP) is a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money, and improve the resilience of critical infrastructure. 72% of CHP capacity in the United States is fueled by natural gas. The Southcentral CHP Technical Assistance Partnership and Bill Liss of the Gas Technology Institute led a webinar on the opportunities and applications for CHP at critical infrastructure sites with an in-depth discussion of how natural gas infrastructure, in most regions of the U.S., provides a reliable and resilient fuel source for CHP.

This webinar covered the drivers and strategies that have helped academic facilities successfully adopt CHP as well as discuss lessons learned and best practices. Subject matter experts shared information about technologies, procurement and operations, management and maintenance as well as opportunities for improved resilience related to CHP.

The application of combined heat and power at data centers is proving to be a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money, and improve the resilience of these facilities. On this webinar, participants learned about opportunities and applications of CHP at data centers.

Combined heat and power is a great opportunity to reduce energy costs, save money and improve the resilience of hospitals. On this webinar, participants learned about these CHP benefits, federally funded engineering services, case studies, and opportunities for hospitals.

  • CHP Markets and Trends in the Southcentral Region, February 15, 2019

Southcentral CHP TAP staff presented about CHP markets and trends in the Southcentral Region, successful projects, and how to work with the Southcentral CHP TAP at the Association of Energy Engineers, Lone Star Chapter meeting in Houston.

The oilfield is evolving to exploit the many advantages of electrification, automation, and other technological advances to reduce costs, enhance safety, and improve efficiency. The electrified oilfield presents enormous opportunity to realize value from on-site power generation using locally-produced natural gas. Combined heat and power (CHP) provides both electric power and thermal energy (heat) from a single on-site source for the production facilities. HARC Research Scientist Carolyn LaFleur, P.E., presented on this no-cost, one-hour webinar.

The US Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Summit is one of the premier events for energy professionals to engage with one another and explore and share innovative strategies, emerging technologies, financing trends, and much more.  For 2018, the Summit was held with DOE’s annual Energy Exchange, focused on federal facility energy management, to provide greater access to technical discussions and training while also providing the great panel sessions, keynote speakers, and networking opportunities attendees expect at the Summit.

  • Webinar: CHP for Wastewater Treatment Plants, July 31, 2018

Wastewater treatment plants everywhere are increasingly concerned with power resilience for continuity of operations during outages that can occur with storm events or other causes, and the drive to improve efficiency and reduce cost is ever-present. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) offers both power resilience for confident emergency preparedness and energy efficiency essential for reducing energy costs. HARC Researchers Carolyn LaFleur, P.E., and Fanxu Meng, PhD, presented on this no-cost, one-hour webinar.