US: DoE earmarks $25m for CHP technologies


The US Department of Energy has announced that it will provide a $25 million fund to help eight organisations install Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technologies.

The funding will be issued by the DoE through the Advanced Manufacturing Office, which operates under the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

AMO was established to support early stage research and development, and field validation of CHP technologies.

CHP technologies reduce energy demand on the main grid by allowing consumers to produce electricity and thermal onsite. The funding will help reduce energy transmission and distribution losses in addition to organisations securing their energy supply.

CHP technologies supports  “US economic competitive advantage, promote economic development, instill resiliency in businesses and communities, create and maintain local energy-related jobs, and provide solutions for modernizing energy generation and delivery,” according to a statement.

The eight organisations including Pace University (NY), Washington State University and University of Illinois at Chicago the will become CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPS) in their regions.

They will help develop strategies to improve the reliability of grid systems and resilience to natural disasters through the use of CHP technologies.

In addition, they will maximise exposure of CHP technologies to consumers to increase adoption of the solution. Since 2009, the DoE has provided technical support to over 1,900 CHP projects by funding seven TAPS.

The US generates 82GW from CHP technologies.

DoE funding

In related news, Energy Frontier Research Centers will receive $99 million in annual funding as from 2018. The DoE has proposed $99 million in annual funding towards the operations of Energy Frontier Research Centers between 2018 and 2021.

Ricky Perry, the Secretary of Energy said that Energy Frontier Research Centers will use the funding to implement research on materials sciences, chemical sciences, geosciences and biosciences. Each center is expected to be awarded between $2 million and $4 million per annum. Read more…


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