According to the report, an estimated 240+ GW of technical potential for CHP installations exists at over 291,000 sites. This potential includes on-site CHP at industrial and commercial facilities, waste heat-to-power applications and district energy systems that could integrate CHP.
In contrast to existing CHP installations, which are heavily concentrated around large industrial manufacturing facilities, a significant portion of the remaining technical potential for on-site CHP in the US is located in commercial facilities, the report found.
The DOE identified technical potential for 240,358 commercial CHP installations totalling over 76 GW; 50,375 industrial CHP systems totalling 65 GW; and 1105 waste heat-to-power CHP installations totalling almost 8 GW.
The main market drivers contributing to current US growth in CHP installations [previous article] were identified as lower energy operating costs, CHP-friendly environmental regulations, resiliency initiatives, federal and state policies and incentives, utility support and project replicability.
‘The drivers that are currently influencing the market growth of CHP are part of a larger recognition of the benefits that CHP provides both to the user and the nation as a whole,’ the report noted.