(Washington, D.C.) March 22, 2022 – Today, the Combined Heat and Power Alliance released a roadmap to convert all existing and new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems to 100% clean hydrogen by 2030 or sooner. The report, Clean Hydrogen and Combined Heat and Power: A Roadmap for Industrial and Commercial Decarbonization, outlines how clean hydrogen and CHP can and should be used in combination to minimize costs and maximize greenhouse gas emission reductions because CHP is the most efficient method to produce clean heat and power.
“Clean hydrogen and Combined Heat and Power can cost-effectively reduce emissions in America’s buildings and factories starting today,” said David Gardiner, Executive Director of the Combined Heat and Power Alliance. “We applaud the bipartisan support for clean hydrogen in the infrastructure bill and the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Earthshot, and urge federal and state governments to incorporate CHP into their clean hydrogen plans.”
Today’s existing and newly installed CHP systems can use a substantial blend of clean hydrogen – ranging from 20-100%, according to equipment manufacturers. Within the decade, and in many cases much sooner, new CHP systems will be capable of burning 100% clean hydrogen. Existing CHP systems, including ones installed today, can convert to 100% hydrogen at a reasonable cost and with minimal downtime because these conversions can occur during scheduled overhauls.
However, a critical barrier to clean hydrogen is its price and the need to scale up production to ensure adequate supply to meet demand. In the past several decades, America has succeeded in driving down the cost of wind and solar energy using a variety of policy tools to scale up these technologies. Federal and state governments should use the same approaches to scale up production and supply of clean hydrogen, which will help drive down the costs and should ensure this fuel is used as efficiently as possible by pairing it with CHP.
Visit here to download a full version of the report.
The Combined Heat and Power Alliance (CHP Alliance) is the leading national voice for the deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP). We are a coalition of businesses, labor, contractors, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions with the common purpose to educate all Americans about CHP and WHP, and how CHP and WHP can make America’s manufacturers and other businesses more competitive, reduce energy costs, enhance grid reliability, and reduce emissions.
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