OCTOBER 2013:

Microturbine cogeneration system
for powering and cooling data centers
The Syracuse University Green Data Center

IBM Systems and Technology
Thought Leadership White Paper

During and after Hurricane Sandy, combined heat and power (CHP) enabled a number of critical infrastructure and other facilities to continue their operations when the electric grid went down. Time and again, CHP has proved its value as an alternative source of power and thermal energy (heating and cooling) during emergencies, and demonstrated how it can be a sound choice in making energy infrastructure more resilient in the face of extreme weather events.

To assist State and local officials and others involved in the rebuilding process, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this guidance on CHP with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Its purpose is to provide practical information on CHP, including what factors must be considered when configuring a CHP system to operate independently of the electricity grid, and what steps are involved in a typical CHP project development process.

SEPTEMBER 2013:

Guide to Using Combined Heat and Power
for Enhancing Reliability and Resiliency in Buildings

During and after Hurricane Sandy, combined heat and power (CHP) enabled a number of critical infrastructure and other facilities to continue their operations when the electric grid went down. Time and again, CHP has proved its value as an alternative source of power and thermal energy (heating and cooling) during emergencies, and demonstrated how it can be a sound choice in making energy infrastructure more resilient in the face of extreme weather events.

To assist State and local officials and others involved in the rebuilding process, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed this guidance on CHP with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Its purpose is to provide practical information on CHP, including what factors must be considered when configuring a CHP system to operate independently of the electricity grid, and what steps are involved in a typical CHP project development process.

MAY 2013:

Guide to US CHP Companies

This Guide, published by Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production magazine, was distributed at the May, 2013 CHP Spring Forum in Washington D.C.  The annual forum is sponsored by the United States Clean Heat & Power Association. The guide provides an overview and benefits of CHP and its importance to the U.S. clean energy economy.

Within the guide (pages 5 and 6) are two featured CHP systems –- powered by Capstone MicroTurbines and designed/installed by GEM Energy -– at the University of Toledo and Syracuse University data centers.

Download: Guide to US CHP Companies (PDF)

WHITEPAPER (2012):

Combined Heat and Power
A Clean Energy Solution

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is an efficient and clean approach to generating electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source. Instead of purchasing electricity from the distribution grid and burning fuel in an on-site furnace or boiler to produce thermal energy, an industrial or commercial facility can use CHP to provide both services in one energy-efficient step.

Issued by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, this report details the many benefits of CHP for business including:

  • Reduces energy costs for the user
  • Reduces risk of electric grid disruptions and enhances energy reliability
  • Provides stability in the face of uncertain electricity prices