What is CHP?
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) includes technologies that enable the simultaneous production of on-site electricity and useful heat from a single-fuel source. A facility can use CHP to meet both electric and thermal requirements by capturing and using heat that would otherwise be wasted when generating electricity, thus producing the same amount of energy with less fuel. CHP can be applied on many different scales, is highly efficient and reliable, and improves facility resiliency.
What is Packaged CHP?
Traditional CHP units require customized engineering and design for construction. The U.S. Department of Energy launched the Packaged CHP eCatalog through its Better Buildings initiative to make standardized, factory-built CHP accessible to Americans.
Packaged CHP Systems are pre-engineered, integrated, technically-validated units that range from 10 kW to 3 MW in size. Packaged CHP systems can reduce performance uncertainty, eliminate many site-specific engineering requirements, shorten project installation time, streamline permitting, and reduce the overall cost of CHP applications by up to 20 percent.
Who could benefit from Packaged CHP Systems?
Candidate sites include commercial, institutional, multi-family, light manufacturing, emergency response, government, and military facilities that have a steady demand for both thermal and electrical energy.
What is the Packaged CHP eCatalog?
The Packaged CHP eCatalog is an open source, web-based system that identifies packaged CHP systems that have been vetted by the DOE. The eCatalog also lists: CHP Packagers, who provide pre-engineered and tested packaged systems; Solution Providers, who can serve as a single point of responsibility for project execution, service, and warranties; and, Engagement Partners, who support CHP deployment through incentive programs, financing, and technical assistance.
The eCatalog’s search function simplifies locating available packaged CHP resources in your area. Users and consulting engineers may enter their ZIP codes and filter results based on system size, heat recovery, fuel type, and other criteria.