CHP Information Resources
The resources in this section are specific to CHP applications. For publications, presentations,
databases, tools, and links relating to other distributed energy topics, please see the main
Information Resources section.
? Assessing the Benefits of On-Site Combined Heat and Power During the August 14,
2003, Blackout (PDF 183 KB) — Energy and Environmental Analysis Inc., June 2004.
? Carbon Emissions Reduction Potential in the U.S. Chemicals and Pulp and Paper
Industries by Applying CHP Technologies (PDF 91 KB) — Lawrence Berkeley
National Laboratory, June 1999.
? Combined Cooling, Heating, and Power (PDF 216 KB) — DOE program overview,
? Combined Heat and Power: A Federal Manager's Resource Guide (PDF 135 KB) —
Aspen Systems Corporation, March 2000.
? Combined Heat and Power (CHP): A Vision for the Future of CHP in the U.S. in 2020
(PDF 1.1 MB) — United States Combined Heat and Power Association, September
? Combined Heat and Power Program for Buildings, Industry, and District Energy (PDF
904 KB) — DOE program overview, February 2001.
? Cooling, Heating, and Power (CHP) for Commercial Buildings: Benefits Analysis
(PDF 3.4 MB) — Arthur D. Little Inc., April 2002.
? Database of U.S. Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Installations Incorporating Thermal
Energy Storage and/or Turbine Inlet Cooling (PDF 666 KB) — Cool Solutions
Company, September 2004.
? Federal Strategies to Increase the Implementation of CHP in the United States (PDF 54
KB) — EPA, DOE, and Energetics Incorporated, June 1999.
? Integrated Assessment of the Energy Savings and Emissions-Reduction Potential of
Combined Heat and Power (PDF 47 KB) — Northeast-Midwest Institute, American
Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and International District Energy
Association, June 1999.
? Integrated Energy Systems Test Center at University of Maryland (PDF 924 KB) —
University of Maryland, 2002. A guide to the University of Maryland facility that is
examining how to integrate CHP into buildings.
? Micro-CHP Technologies Roadmap: Meeting 21st Century Residential Energy Needs
(PDF 398 KB) — DOE, December 2003.
? "More Than 200 Hospitals Nationwide Are Recycling Energy for Peak Performance"
— Distributed Energy, January/February 2004.
? National CHP Roadmap (PDF 2.3 MB) — U.S. Combined Heat and Power
Association, March 2001.
? Thermally Activated Technologies: Integrated Energy Systems (PDF 232 KB) — DOE,
? Assessment of Large Combined Heat and Power Market (PDF 505 KB) — Energy and
Environmental Analysis Inc., April 2004.
? Assessment of Replicable Innovative Industrial Cogeneration Applications (PDF 984
? CHP Potential at Federal Sites (PDF 539 KB) — Federal Energy Management
Program, May 2002.
? Combined Heat and Power Market Potential for New York State (PDF 1.0 MB) —
Energy Nexus Group and Pace Energy Project, May 2002. This report, prepared for the
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, concludes that there is
the potential for approximately 8,500 MW of new CHP in New York over the next
? Combined Heat and Power Market Potential for Opportunity Fuels (PDF 2.6 MB) —
Resource Dynamics Corporation, August 2004. Examines the prospects for opportunity
fuels, which include biomass fuels (such as anaerobic digester gas, landfill gas, and
wood waste), byproducts and waste from industrial processes, coal bed methane,
wellhead gas, and tire-derived fuel.
? Cooling, Heating, and Power for Industry: A Market Assessment (PDF 992 KB) —
Resource Dynamics Corporation, August 2003.
? Cooling, Heating, and Power in the Nation's Colleges and Universities: Census,
Survey, and Lessons Learned (PDF 772 KB) — International District Energy
Association, February 2002.
? Current CHP Opportunities at U.S. Colleges and Universities (PDF 602 KB) —
International District Energy Association, November 2003.
? Economic Potential of CHP in Detroit Edison Service Area: The Customer Perspective
(PDF 331 KB) — Oak Ridge National Laboratory, June 2003.
? Integrated Energy Systems for Buildings: A Market Assessment (PDF 1.6 MB) —
Resource Dynamics Corporation, August 2002.
? Market and Technical Potential for Combined Heat and Power in the
Commercial/Institutional Sector (PDF 358 KB) — ONSITE SYCOM Energy
Corporation, January 2000.
? Market and Technical Potential for Combined Heat and Power in the Industrial Sector
(PDF 236 KB) — ONSITE SYCOM Energy Corporation, January 2000. ? Market Potential for Advanced Thermally Activated BCHP in Five National Account
Sectors (PDF 389 KB) — Energy and Environmental Analysis Inc., May 2003. ? State Opportunities for Action: Review of States' Combined Heat and Power Activities
(PDF 1.2 MB) — American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, October 2003. ? Targeted CHP Outreach in Selected Sectors of the Commercial Market (PDF 3.5 MB)
— William Ryan, University of Illinois at Chicago Energy Resources Center, 2004. Presentations
? Combined Heat and Power Roadmap Workshop 2004 — Held September 20-21, 2004,
in Austin, Texas.
? National Micro-CHP Technology Pathways Workshop — Held June 11-12, 2003, in
? Integrated Energy Systems and Thermally Activated Technologies Peer Review —
Held April 30, 2002, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Several on-line guides and software tools are available for evaluating the economic potential of
CHP systems in a variety of applications. While some of these software programs are provided
by developers free of charge, others cost thousands of dollars.
? Survey of DER/CHP Software (PDF 1.6 MB) — Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
February 2003. A survey of nine software tools, including their prices. Detailed
descriptions are included among the links below.
? BCHP Screening Tool (PDF 383 KB)
? Building Energy Analyzer (PDF 309 KB)
? CHP Capacity Optimizer — Developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, this
software (Zip 6.7 MB) helps determine optimal prime mover and chiller capacities to
maximize CHP cost savings. The accompanying user manual (PDF 1.4 MB) provides
? CHP Emissions Calculator (Excel 28 KB) — From the Illinois CHP/BCHP
Environmental Permitting Guidebook.
? CHP Resource Guide (PDF 1.3 MB) — Midwest CHP Application Center, September
? CHP Walk-Through Checklist (Excel 66 KB)
? Cogen Ready Reckoner: software (Zip 1.7 MB) and manual (PDF 2.2 MB) — A free
screening tool for first-pass evaluations.
? Cogen Screening Assessor (Excel 401 KB)
? Combined Heat and Power Application Tool for Industrial Heating Systems (Zip 14.9
MB) — This tool evaluates the feasibility of using CHP in industrial heating systems
such as fuel-fired furnaces, boilers, ovens, heaters, and heat exchangers. It can be used
to estimate system cost, payback period, and other factors.
? Combined Heat & Power: Legal, Institutional, Regulatory (PDF 809 KB) —
Washington State University Cooperative Extension Energy Program, March 2001. ? D-Gen Pro (PDF 245 KB)
? Developing a CHP project — Combined heat and power project assessment and
evaluation tools, including a payback estimator.
? DG Applications Guide — While each potential CHP project requires its own detailed
analysis which must incorporate unique site-specific considerations, this guide provides
the tools for initial assessment of CHP market opportunities, identification of applicable
CHP technologies, and initial technical and economic feasibility of CHP project
opportunities for industrial and institutional sites. The guide presents an overview of
CHP technologies, applications, and project assessment approaches. Technologies
covered include reciprocating engines, microturbines, gas turbines, steam turbines, and
? FEMP CHP Screening Analysis (Excel 1.0 MB)
? GT Pro (PDF 236 KB)
? Heatmap CHP (PDF 34 KB)
? Illinois CHP/BCHP Environmental Permitting Guidebook — Midwest CHP
Application Center, January 2003. See Volume A: Roadmapping the Permitting Process
(PDF 5.4 MB), Volume B: Permitting Issues (PDF 457 KB), and the CHP Emissions
Calculator (Excel 28 KB).
? Plant Design Expert (PDF 180 KB)
? RECIPRO (PDF 105 KB)
? Simple Payback Algorithm — Estimation of simple payback for CHP installations.
? SOAPP-CT.25 (PDF 78 KB)