Combined Heat and Power, District Energy, Waste Heat Recovery Assessments

The Center manages the Southeast Clean Energy Application Center, part of a national program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy EERE Industrial Technologies Program.  We support the development of greater distributed generation capacity through technical and feasibility assessments of Combined Heat and Power (CHP), Waste Heat Recovery, and District Energy technologies throughout the southeastern United States.   These services are funded on a limited basis and are available to high impact project candidates in industry sectors including forest products, chemical processing, textile, plastics & resins and agribusiness as well as government, institutional, and commercial building sectors.   There are several levels of assessments that will serve to guide you along the process towards developing onsite power generation and heat recovery potential.


Initial Qualification Phase

During Initial Qualification, the objective is to determine whether CHP is worth considering at a candidate facility through an exchange of information about electrical power and thermal demands.


Level I – Screening Analysis Phase

Once a potential site has been identified as a strong candidate, we conduct Level I – Screening Analysis, a high level analysis intended to quickly filter through the broad possibilities and produce a recommendation.  A Level I report presents potential energy and cost savings, installed costs, applicable financial incentives and a simple payback; with a 30 percent-50 percent level of accuracy.


Level II – Feasibility Analysis Phase

If the Level I Analysis shows that CHP, waste heat recovery, and/or district energy is a viable option for a site and is compatible with the project owner’s strategic energy and capital plan, a Level II Feasibility Analysis should be conducted.  Several systems alternatives and a range of capacities are investigated to identify the optimal balance of generating output and thermal loading.  The detailed technical and economic evaluation in a Level II Analysis results in a 10 percent -20 percent accuracy of the reported energy and financial performance for the project.


Learn More:

Combined Heat and Power and Waste Heat Recovery

District Energy

Southeast Clean Energy Application Center

U.S. DOE Industrial Technologies Program, Distributed Energy

U.S. EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership

U.S. Clean Heat and Power Association

International District Energy Association

Combined Heat and Power: Effective Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Future (Oak Ridge National Lab report)


Interested in scheduling an assessment?

Contact:  Isaac Panzarella