If you are looking to install a combined heat and power, solar power system or any other distributed energy system that is larger than 10 MW in Texas, the interconnection process to connect the system to the grid can be complex.
DOE Southwest Combined Heat and Power TAP
HARC has been working on climate mitigation and adaptation applications and technologies through the research and application of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy resilience through combined heat and power (CHP). Combined heat and power, also called cogeneration, provides both electric power and thermal energy (heat) from a single on-site source, such as a turbine or reciprocating engine. The waste heat is used to provide additional services to the facility, such as steam for heating, heat for refining and manufacturing applications, domestic hot water, or cooling through absorption chillers or steam driven turbines.
HARC’s recent award from the Department of Energy will allow its Clean Energy program to continue leading the DOEs Southwest CHP Technical Assistance Partnership (SW CHP TAP). HARC is working with communities, the private sector, and institutions to help identify and implement CHP opportunities.
There are significant opportunities to reduce operational costs and improve operational resilience for:
- Data centers
- Chemical and refining
- Food processing
- Critical infrastructure
- Wastewater treatment plants
We provide unbiased, fuel-neutral and technology-neutral resources and expertise to help industrial, commercial, federal, institutional, and other large energy users consider and evaluate CHP for their facilities. The Southwest CHP TAP assists facilities through the project development process, from initial CHP screening to installation.
CHP can help reduce energy costs and keep the lights on. Please fill out this short survey to see if CHP may be a good fit for your facility.
Please reach out to us if you need assistance with project assessments, project development or education and outreach. We look forward to working with you. Contact Gavin Dillingham at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
HARC Program Director for Clean Energy Policy, Gavin Dillingham, PhD will be participating in the closing panel at the TREIA GridNext Conference in Georgetown, TX on October 24th.
The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N.’s next Going Green Sustainability Lecture: “Solar Energy—Beyond Consumer Rates; What’s Next in Developing Community Energy Projects?” is scheduled for Thursday, September 28, at 7:00 p.m. The lecture will be held at HARC, 8801 Gosling Road, The Woodlands, TX 77381.