Combined heat and power conference focuses on industrial competitiveness, energy security, reliability

Aug. 1, 2013
Industrial competitiveness, recent federal initiatives and various state policies have spurred great interest in combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP). 

HOUSTON — Industrial competitiveness, recent federal initiatives and various state policies have spurred great interest in combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP).  The Texas Combined Heat and Power Initiative (TXCHPI), The Heat is Power Association (HiP), and World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) are joining forces to convene CHP2013 and WHP2013 to address these interests.  The conference and trade show will be held October 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza in Houston.

In its fourth year, this conference brings business and energy leaders together with industry experts, project developers, policy specialists and end-users to examine new technologies, market opportunities and installation case studies of CHP and WHP. A call for presentations has been issued for the wide-ranging agenda, and the conference also includes a vibrant exhibit hall.

CHP systems, also known as cogeneration, reduce fuel costs associated with on-site power generation using natural gas or biogas by taking full advantage of waste heat recovery to significantly increase energy efficiency. By providing secure reliable power, CHP technologies are gaining favor by hospitals, universities, data centers, manufacturers, and other mission critical facilities. CHP systems also help reduce the enormous amount of water consumed by power plants.

WHP systems enhance industrial efficiency by capturing waste heat from industrial processes, converting it to power, and returning the power back into the process or exporting it for others to use. Energy intensive industries including oil and gas refineries, compressor stations along pipelines, chemical facilities, paper plants, steel mills, cement plants and glass manufacturers employ WHP systems to generate power with base-load waste heat which is produced on-site whenever the operation is running. WHP systems, which require no combustion and produce no emissions, improve overall industrial energy efficiency and competitiveness and are considered renewable energy systems in over 15 states, making WHP a natural and integral part of all clean energy and jobs discussions.

“While often overlooked, combined heat and power and waste heat to power technologies are a significant part of the nation’s clean energy and job creation story,” said Paul Cauduro, TXCHPI executive director. “Implementation of these decentralized energy technologies is a logical decision for improving energy security and reliability, maintaining compliance with environmental regulations, and for increasing the competitiveness of our nation’s manufacturing and processing sector.”

Additional information and to register to attend, exhibit or speak at the conference is available at

The Texas Combined Heat & Power Initiative (TXCHPI) is a non-profit association of business interests that supports clean, energy-efficient, CHP technology applications in industrial, commercial and institutional settings. TXCHPI champions CHP as the most effective, economical and environmentally sensible energy option for Texas.

The Heat is Power Association (HiP) is the trade association for the waste heat to power industry.  A not-for-profit organization, HiP promotes the efficient, industrial use of emission-free electricity generated through waste heat to power processes and is committed to educating decision makers and the public about the characteristics of waste heat to power as a source of electricity and an economic driver for global competitiveness.

WADE is a global non-profit research, promotion and advocacy organization established in June 2002 to accelerate the worldwide deployment of decentralized energy systems. WADE is the world’s leading organization focused on advancing clean and efficient decentralized energy technology in developed as well as developing countries around the world.

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