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Library

The information library for CHP systems is organized in the following major sections:

Publications -- Final reports, papers published in magazines and journals, and presentations made at conferences by the Southeast CHP Application Center are available here to keep you abreast of the latest developments in CHP systems in the Southeast.

Glossary -- Definitions of the terminology and abbreviations used in this Website

FAQ's -- provides answers to frequently asked questions about CHP.


Publications

Final reports, papers published in magazines and journals, and presentations made at conferences by the Southeast CHP Application Center (CHPCenterSE) are available here in PDF format, which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, available here as a free download.

Reports

“CHP at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center” [pdf]
A report by Louay Chamra, Ph.D. and Keith Hodge, Ph.D., P.E. which gives an overview of the CHP installation at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center.  This report includes  financial information regarding the economic payback of this CHP system.

“CHP Options for a Wastewater Treatment Facility” [pdf]
October 11, 2007 report by Philip Crawford, Keith McAlister, P.E., and Tim Lupo, P.E.  This report details the use of digester gas in a CHP application.

“Distributed Generation in Mississippi” [doc]
August 31, 2007 report which gives an evaluation of distributed generation on the Mississippi power grid.

“Non-conventional evaluation of CHP” [doc]
August 31, 2007 report which presents a methodology for evaluating non-conventional CHP systems and evaluations based on building energy ratings and emissions.

“Removing Barriers to CHP and Clean DG” [pdf]
May 8, 2007 report which gives an overview of savings potential associated with the use of CHP and DG in North Carolina.

Presentations

“Hurricane Katrina: MBMC’s CHP Plant Operation” [ppt]
August 31, 2007 presentation by Keith Hodge, Ph.D., P.E., which provides a detailed look at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center’s CHP system and its operation during Hurricane Katrina.

“Opportunity Fuels – Alternative Energy, Waste Energy, BioEnergy, Organic Waste” [pdf]
November 8, 2006 presentation by Alex Hobbs, Ph.D., P.E., which gives an overview of waste recovery opportunities including CHP.


"A Tale of Two Hospitals" [ppt]
May 4, 2006 presentation by Louay Chamra which details the use of CHP during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

“Energy from Wood” [pdf]
March 13-14, 2006 presentation by Alex Hobbs, Ph.D., P.E., which emphasizes wood waste as a biomass recovery opportunity.  CHP is emphasized as an opportunity for efficient wood waste energy conversion.


"Southeast CHP - How did we get here?" [pdf]
July 6, 2005 presentation by Alex Hobbs, Ph.D., P.E., which gives information about the CHP program.

"CHP Market Review" [pdf]
July 6, 2005 presentation by Bruce Hedman, which gives an overview of the potential of CHP in the Southeast.

"Regional Application Centers" [pdf]
July 6, 2005 presentation by Ted Bronson showing the breakdown of the Regional Application Centers.

"DOE's Distributed Energy Program" [pdf]
July 6, 2005 presentation by Jan Berry outlining DOE's Distributed Energy Program.


"MicroCHP brochure” [pdf]
A brochure which provides information regarding the Micro CHP program at Mississippi State University.


The following information is provided at DOE's national CHP for Buildings website:

CHP Information for Alabama

CHP Information for Arkansas

CHP Information for Florida

CHP Information for Georgia

CHP Information for Kentucky

CHP Information for Mississippi

CHP Information for North Carolina

CHP Information for South Carolina

CHP Information for Tennessee

U.S. Department of Energy - Distributed Energy Program - CHP Applications


Glossary

Absorption chiller

Water chiller based on absorption of refrigerant vapor into a liquid solution, pumping of the solution to elevated pressure, and the release (desorption) of refrigerant vapor through the addition of heat: such as the hot exhaust gases from electric generation

CHP

Cooling, heating, and power

Demand charge

Charges for the use of electricity based on the maximum power requirement, electrical demand, during a specified period of time, typically a month ($/kW)

Desiccant

A solid or liquid material with an affinity for absorbing water molecules

DG

Distributed generation: generating power on-site or near site

Engine-generator

Electrical generator using a reciprocating, Stirling, or rotary engine

Enthalpy wheel

Heat exchanger rotating through building supply and exhaust air flows to transfer energy from one air stream to the other

Evaporative cooling

Cooling of air through the evaporation of water from a spray or wetted membrane; direct evaporative cooling adds water to the supply air while indirect evaporative cooling adds water to the exhaust air and incorporates a heat pipe or thermal wheel for indirect cooling of the supply air

Fuel cell

Device for producing electricity using a chemical process rather than conventional combustion processes with electric generators

HVAC

Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning

Heat wheel

Heat exchanger rotating through building supply and exhaust air flows to transfer heat from one air stream to another

IAQ

Indoor air quality

kW

Kilowatt, a unit for measuring electric power. It is equal to 1000 watts

Latent cooling load

Amount of cooling required to reduce humidity of air in conditioned space to specified level for comfort

Line losses

Electric energy lost as heat in power transmission lines

MW

Megawatt, a unit for measuring electric power. It equal to 1000 kW

Microturbine power generator

Turbine-engine driven electrical generator with output power under 300 kW

Power reliability

Percent or fraction of the time (hours) power is available in a year (8760 hours)

Real time pricing

Charges for electrical demand and consumption based on instantaneous cost of production and distribution as opposed to fixed rates or fixed time-of-day rates

Sensible cooling load

Amount of cooling required to reduce the temperature of air in the conditioned space to a specified level for comfort

Thermal energy

Total amount of heat contained in a substance or required to achieve a task

Thermal wheel

Heat exchanger rotating between two air flows to transfer heat from one to the other

Ton or refrigeration ton

Quantity of cooling available from melting 2000 pounds of ice; 12,000 Btu/h or 3.413 kW

Vapor compression air conditioning

Cooling system based on compression of a gaseous refrigerant to a high pressure, and heat transfer with changes of state (i.e. liquid and vapor) to produce useful heating or cooling

Waste heat

Portion of the energy input to a mechanical process which is rejected to the environment

W

Watt, a unit for measuring electric power

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