Produced by Netty Nina, Levon Whyte, and Amanda Gassé for Zondits, May 21, 2015. Image courtesy of Netty Nina.
Combined heat and power (CHP), or cogeneration, has been making a comeback over the past 5 years, but it is not a new technology. CHP has been used throughout the United States for more than a hundred years. In fact, Thomas Edison used CHP to power the nation’s first commercial power plant, Pearl Street Station, in 1882. In recent years, CHP systems have been critical to enable hospitals, universities, and residential buildings to continue to operate during natural disasters. Many commercial and industrial facilities are choosing CHP systems to save on energy costs, increase energy reliability, and reduce carbon emissions.
On Zondits’ premiere episode of What’s the Buzz?, correspondent Frances Chase is taking a deeper look into the development of CHP technology to find out why it is becoming so popular, and what incentives are available for industrial and commercial facilities.