Micro combined heat and power, or micro-CHP, systems show immense promise as a way to push past the efficiency boundaries of traditional heating or water-heating systems. These co-generation systems produce both heat and power simultaneously, allowing them to surpass the energy savings of even the most efficient boilers. Our latest training course, “Propane Micro-CHP for Homes and Commercial Buildings,” examines multiple case studies to show how power is generated, the best uses for it, and why these systems make sense in a wide range of locations and situations.

At the Northern Maine Readiness Center in Presque Isle, Maine, for instance, micro-CHP systems serve as part of a resilience strategy that is both fiscally responsible and sustainable. “The Maine National Guard’s Energy Manager, A.J. Ballard, had experience with micro-CHPs at other facilities within the state, so turned to them once again for this project,” according to the course. “He particularly likes the free hot water that comes along with the system’s other advantages: clean reliable power at a low cost.” The micro-CHP systems provide enough backup power to keep the Army National Guard facility operational in case of outages.

One benefit common to all micro-CHP systems is that they utilize an on-site fuel source such as propane to generate the heat and power, eliminating the efficiency losses between a power plant and a home or building.

Register for the no-cost, on-demand course here to see more case studies and to earn AIA-approved continuing education credits.

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