Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as co-generation, provides both electricity and heat from a single source all while saving energy and slashing carbon pollution. CHP systems capture energy that is normally lost in centralized power generation and convert that energy to heat and cool manufacturing facilities and businesses. Unlike central power generation, CHP systems are distributed energy generation systems and that means that they are located close to where energy is consumed. The proximity of power generation to its use makes CHP a reliable source of power for hospitals, schools, office buildings, apartment complexes, and other large buildings that require around-the-clock electricity. Bob Gemmer of EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office is one of the Energy Department’s primary experts on CHP technologies with more than 40 years of related expertise. We sat down with Bob to learn more about him and what makes him such a passionate advocate for CHP.
To help small businesses save time, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) launched a new interactive all-in-one online tool that makes it easier to apply for EERE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. SBIR/STTR provide funding to small businesses, with a focus on minority- and woman-owned small businesses, to develop and commercialize clean energy technologies that cut carbon pollution and drive the economy forward.
The Energy Department announced last week approximately $5 million in State Energy Program (SEP) competitive awards for 13 states to achieve the economic and environmental benefits that clean energy offers. As part of an “all-of-the-above” approach, Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington will invest SEP funds in the deployment of projects to enhance economic development opportunities associated with energy efficiency and renewable energy across the residential, commercial, and industrial markets.
A new study funded by the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, “Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools," found that solar installations on U.S. public and private K-12 schools is increasing, providing renewable energy, cost savings, and other benefits for school systems across the country.
For National Bioenergy Day on October 22, bioenergy facilities across the country are holding open houses to increase public awareness of bioenergy and its role in the clean energy landscape. By the same token, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is offering this virtual open house of its national laboratories—the facilities at the core of BETO’s research and development. If you want to know how Energy Department bioenergy funding is making an impact, be sure to take a look at our national labs—47% of BETO funding this past year went to the national laboratories. Of that funding, about half went to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory also received a large share.
In 2013, the Clean Cities Program and its stakeholders saved more than one billion gallons of petroleum. Last Friday, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation Reuben Sarkar announced this milestone at the kick-off event on the National Mall for the National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey (Odyssey Day).