The US Department of Energy has announced $10m is to be allocated to research into combined heat and power technology as means of facilitating its effectiveness in supporting the country’s electric grid.

Within the DOE, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced the funding under their auspices.
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Within the Advanced Manufacturing Office, CHP is the focus of both research and development (R&D) and technology partnership activities. The R&D activities are focused on researching new CHP technologies that will enable development of advanced CHP systems that support US economic competitive advantage, promote economic development, instill resiliency in businesses and communities and create and maintain local energy-related jobs.

EERE anticipates making approximately 6–10 awards in the form of cooperative agreements. The funding opportunity includes two areas of interest to research enabling technologies for CHP systems that are specifically designed to provide cost-effective support to the electric grid.

Area of Interest 1 – Power Electronics and Control Systems

The objective of this Area of Interest is to research, develop, and test CHP components such as power electronics and control systems, needed to enable the cost-effective use of new and existing CHP systems to provide support to the grid.

Area of Interest 2 – Electricity Generation Components

The objective of this Area of Interest is to research and develop the electricity generation component of a 1-20 MWe CHP system capable of two operating configurations – a baseload mode where it is running at half its rated capacity and is designed to perform in a conventional CHP manner and a second, at full rated capacity, where it is designed to maximize its ability to support the electric grid.


View the solicitation and submission instructions.

EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office supports early-stage research to advance innovation in US manufacturing and promote American economic growth and energy security.