IEA hosts workshop to re-energise deployment of CHP and efficient DHC

21 February 2013

Government, international organisation, industry and academic representatives gathered at IEA headquarters this month for a joint workshop to renew collaborative efforts to deploy Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and efficient District Heating and Cooling (DHC), critical technologies for energy efficiency and renewable energy.

CHP, also known as co-generation, can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions as well as decrease dependency on energy imports with an increased level of energy efficiency by using the heat output from the electricity production for heating or industrial applications; it can also provide a double carbon benefit by utilising renewable resources like biomass. Efficient DHC networks provide a major opportunity for CHP deployment, benefitting by using locally available heating and cooling sources that otherwise would be wasted.

The workshop, co-organised by the IEA with the Clean Energy Ministerial CHP & DHC Working Group, took place on 12-13 February. Speakers came from the private sector, such as Siemens, and industrial groups, like the Japan Gas Association; international groups, including Cogen Europe and Euroheat & Power; and government, such as the US Department of Energy.

The CHP and DHC meeting launched Phase III of the IEA CHP/DHC Collaborative effort, setting the programme of work for the next two years, including recruiting new partners, some of whom attended the event. Participants set the main pillars for future efforts such as the development of a compendium of applied case studies for targeted applications that can help demonstrate the benefits of CHP and DHC implementation and provide applied solutions from the business model and financing mechanism perspectives, building more interest in new regions and markets. They also discussed plans for continuing the CHP/DHC country scorecard series, enhancing policy and implementation recommendations, as well as the provision of related data.

Araceli Fernandez Pales, the IEA Energy Technology Analyst who helped lead the joint workshop, said: “CHP and DHC are topics of concern at the moment on the agenda for policy makers in many regions: Europe in light of the recent EU Energy Efficiency Directive, and in the United States, following the executive order last August calling for 40 gigawatts of new, cost-effective industrial co-generation by the end of 2020. It is also important in Asian countries, especially Japan but also China, as they look more at the energy savings potentials that these technologies can provide. The IEA CHP/DHC Collaborative main goal is to provide policy and implementation recommendations that can support this global effort.”