Washington, D.C. (February 28, 2022)— Today, the CHP Alliance submitted a response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office’s Request for Information, providing information about how CHP technologies, especially those utilizing renewable and lower-carbon fuels, can enable significant emissions reductions across the industrial sector that will be critical to achieving the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
CHP is a proven and highly efficient technology that can reduce emissions using traditional fuels, and has the opportunity to reduce emissions even further using emerging renewable and lower-carbon fuel technologies. CHP units are already deployed throughout the industrial sector and could transition to clean fuels in the near-term as these fuels become more accessible. Renewable and lower-carbon fuel technologies can serve as the primary fuel source for CHP systems and further reduce emissions across the industrial sector.
Historically, CHP units have run on traditional fuels, and many today use natural gas. This use of CHP can be thought of as “CHP 1.0,” the first wave of CHP technologies that relied on fossil fuels. However, CHP units can be fueled by renewable and lower-carbon fuels, known as “CHP 2.0.” Use of these fuels can allow CHP systems to reduce emissions even further than they do under CHP 1.0. Moreover, CHP systems will use these fuels efficiently, requiring less fuel inputs for the same energy outputs compared to other generation units.
Download the full response here.
To learn more about how CHP is part of a clean energy future, read our recent paper on CHP and the Clean Energy Future.