A coalition focused on the wide-scale development of an American Waste Heat to Power (WH2P) market has relaunched as the Heat is Power Association, and will serve as the leading trade association for those involved in the WH2P business.

Initially public in 2010, the new Association has gained an extensive roster of committed members and a keen focus on supporting the deployment of this valuable American resource.

Representing businesses across the United States, the not for profit association is committed to educating decision makers and the public about the benefits of waste heat as an American economic driver and resource capable of generating emission-free electricity.

Waste heat recovery is the process of capturing heat generated through industrial applications, with the intent to productively use the byproduct—waste heat. While all waste heat recovery projects provide an opportunity to enhance efficiency, WH2P creates entirely new emission-free electricity. Harnessing the possibilities of this technology can create jobs, support America’s industrial and manufacturing base while meeting the country’s growing energy demands.

“It is an exciting time for the association but also for the country,” said Kelsey Southerland, Executive Director, Heat is Power Association. “Waste heat is a perfect opportunity to stop pitting industry versus the environment – we have the ability to bolster both efforts by capturing heat and generating home-grown emission-free electricity. It is time to start realizing that potential.”

Capturing waste heat’s potential could generate as much as $3bn in annual savings for American industry, create 160,000 new American jobs, and generate a significant amount of previously unrealized emission-free electricity.

Efforts to identify viable solutions to a challenging economy, meet growing domestic energy demand and balance this demand with environmental stewardship have been stiflingly limited, focused solely on traditional renewable energies such as wind and solar. Yet recent studies indicate that realizing the potential of waste heat could generate 10 GW of emission-free electricity annually, enough to power 10 million American homes.

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