Energy Department Announces Selection of NC State Led Team for Southeast Combined Heat and Power Project

Raleigh, N.C. – (December 13, 2017) On November 28, 2017 the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the selection of a team led by the NC Clean Energy Technology Center at North Carolina State University as one of eight new regional Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs).

Together with the University of Florida at Gainesville, Florida Institute of Technology, University of Miami and Tennessee Technological University, the Southeast CHP TAP will assist in the development of strategies to increase resilience to natural disasters and improve grid and electric delivery reliability; maximize CHP exposure to potential end-users and key stakeholders; and locally validate best practices in CHP technology policies and installation. Working with regional and state policymakers and stakeholders, the Southeast CHP TAP also offer assistance for evaluating the economic development, job creation, energy cost savings and continuity and reliability of proposed CHP systems.

Starting in early 2018, the Southeast CHP TAP will support development of CHP potential in the industrial, commercial and institutional applications in the following eight southeast states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.  Since 2009, the CHP TAPs have provided technical support nationally, to over 1,900 clients.  More than 441 of those projects, which have an estimated installed capacity of 8 GW, are in the project pipeline for installations.

“We appreciate the continued support of the Department of Energy for combined heat and power research, which is essential to developing this already important clean energy resource.  Doing so will improve the economic competitiveness and energy resiliency of the states in our region,” said Isaac Panzarella, Director of the Southeast CHP TAP project for the NC Clean Energy Technology Center.

About the NC Clean Energy Technology Center

The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. For more information about the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, visit: Twitter: @NCCleanTech