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Integrated systems for cooling, heating and power (CHP) for buildings incorporate multiple technologies for providing energy services to a single building or to a campus of buildings. Electricity to such buildings is provided by on-site or near-site power generators using one or more of the many options: internal combustion (IC) engines, combustion turbines, mini- or micro-turbines, and fuel cells. In CHP systems, waste heat from power generation equipment is recovered for operating equipment for cooling, heating, or controlling humidity in buildings, by using absorption chillers, desiccant dehumidifiers, or heat recovery equipment for producing steam or hot water. These integrated systems are known by a variety of acronyms: CHP, CHPB (Cooling, Heating and Power for Buildings), CCHP (Combined Cooling Heating and Power), BCHP (Buildings Cooling, Heating and Power), and IES (Integrated Energy Systems).

CHP systems provide many benefits, including:

  • Reduced energy costs
  • Improved power reliability
  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Improved environmental quality
The Southeast CHP Application Center (CHPCenterSE) was established in August 2004 for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Its mission is to provide application assistance, technology information, and educational support in the Southeast United States.

The objective of this site is to provide you with information on CHP for buildings to facilitate your decisions relating to these systems. Information on the site has been organized to address anticipated needs of various user groups. Click on a link of your choice to learn about some of the basics, benefits, success stories and much more.

As you move through the site available sub-topics will appear in the list of links, on the left of the page, below the link for the major category currently open. The footer for each page also contains links to all the major sections of this Website and the major organizations providing support for it.



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