Spring 2013 Clean Energy
by James Freihaut
Director, DOE Mid-Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center
Chief Scientist, DOE Energy Efficient Buildings Hub
Professor, Architectural Engineering

Combined Heat and Power: Will Shale Gas and “Sandy” Lead to Exponential Growth in Application
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology can result in increased local electric power reliability, reduced greenhouse gas and other emissions per delivered kwh and increased primary energy utilization efficiency, relative to separate heat, via a site boiler, and grid delivered electric power (SHP). CHP is competitive with grid integrated PV, wind, and combined cycle technology from emissions perspectives. Technical, economic, regulatory, political and cultural issues influencing the adoption of CHP are noted. R&D needed to extend the application space of CHP to a broader range of industrial and commercial building applications, particularly the needed for integrated CHP + facility design.

Jim Freihaut graduated from Penn State University in 1980 with a Ph.D. in Fuel Science. He worked for twenty-two years as a research scientist at United Technologies Research Center, focusing, at various periods, on low emissions combustion, high performance building, indoor air quality, environmental remediation, and combined heat and power technologies. He joined PSU to address research issues in allergen-containing indoor air particles and combined heat and power applications. He currently serves as Director of the DOE Mid Atlantic Clean Energy Application Center and Chief Scientist of the DOE Energy Efficient Buildings Hub with headquarters at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.