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The U.S. DOE NY-NJ CHP TAP and NECHPI are co-hosting a webinar on CHP hybrid systems incorporating Heat Pumps, Storage and Renewables.

By District Energy posted 04-06-2022 14:23


About this event

On April 19th, 2022 from 10:00 to 11:30 the U.S. DOE NY-NJ CHP TAP will be co-hosting a webinar with NECHPI addressing CHP hybrid systems incorporating Heat Pumps, Storage and Renewables. As the energy landscape changes in the Northeast, it is imperative to demonstrate how CHP systems can optimize and complement renewables, local and community geothermal systems, and storage. This webinar will provide real-world examples of the challenges and benefits of integrating CHP with other clean energy technologies. The operational performance of stand-alone CHP with respect to wholly electrified options for heating and cooling as well as integrated solutions will be covered.



10:00 Introduction and welcome

Thomas Bourgeois, Director, U.S. DOE NY-NJ CHP TAP

John Rathbun, Executive Director, NECHPI

10:10 Optimizing CHP in District systems with renewables

Robert Thornton, President, IDEA

10:25 CHP vs. Geothermal with Thermal Energy Storage for Campus Heating

Beka Kosanovic, Assistant Director, U.S. DOE NY-NJ CHP TAP

10:50 Case Study of Hybrid CHP

Kurt West, Vice President of Business Development, 2-G Energy

11:05 Question and Answer Period

11:20 Closing Remarks

Thomas Bourgeois, Director, U.S. DOE NY-NJ CHP TAP

John Rathbun, Executive Director, NECHPI

Robert Thornton will present on the current trends in District energy systems and the integration of renewable generation with CHP in district systems. The focus of the discussion will be the optimization of the CHP systems with these other energy systems and how CHP can fit in the overall carbon reduction plans of these institutional district energy systems. Institutional end users have been early adopters of clean energy projects and many already utilize CHP systems as part of their district energy systems. Some have also integrated small renewable projects and as these early adopters look to make deeper cuts in their carbon footprint it will be insightful to understand the current trends from this important bellwether market.

Beka Kosanovic will present on the ongoing evaluation of geothermal heating and cooling as an option to replace the CHP system at UMass Amherst’s campus. While decarbonization of buildings has gained serious interest as a way to achieve net zero emissions, electrification does come with some significant challenges. Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) utilizing borehole heat exchangers (BHE) have been shown to be an effective method of electrifying heating and cooling systems, maintaining some of the best performance for any electrified heating and cooling system currently available. However, they still create a significant increase in peak electric demand during the heating season, which can result in a serious cost increase for the operator of the electric heating system. This also adds operational complexities to grid operations by shifting from a summer peak to a winter peak as more heating loads are electrified. Even paired with thermal energy storage (TES) to mitigate the increase in peak demand that is seen with electrified heating and cooling systems, a CHP plant compared favorably. Beka will present the operational, environmental, and financial comparisons between these systems.

Kurt West will present a case study on projects where 2G integrated CHP and renewable generation and/or storage. The presentation will cover the operational and design considerations as well performance of these hybrid systems. These real-world examples will be profiled with a review of the challenges of integrating these energy systems and optimizing them for maximum carbon reduction.