Previously, the CHP R&D project portfolio tested, validated, and deployed innovative CHP systems for industry and other manufacturing applications. Past projects focused on advanced reciprocating engine systems (ARES), packaged CHP systems, high-value applications, fuel-flexible CHP, and demonstrations of these technologies. Research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory provided early stage development of technologies designed to improve efficiency and reduce costs.


An advanced natural gas engine/generator system can increase brake thermal efficiency, reduce NOx emissions, and decrease maintenance costs, while maintaining cost competitiveness. The ARES program was designed to promote separate but parallel engine development among the major stationary, gaseous fueled engine manufacturers in the United States.


The development of packaged CHP systems suitable for smaller industrial facilities can enable users to avoid complicated and costly system integration and installation but still maximize performance and increase efficiency.


New high-value CHP technologies and applications can offer attractive end-user economics, significant energy savings, and with reproducible results.


Accelerating market adoption of emerging technology and fuel options can improve industry competitiveness through more stable energy prices, cost savings, and decreased emissions. Examples of these technology and fuel options include biomass gasifiers, gas turbines utilizing opportunity fuels, landfill gas cleanup and removal systems, and desulfurization sorbents for fuel cell CHP.

CHP R&D at National Laboratories

The U.S. DOE’s CHP R&D Program has supported research at the national laboratories to improve the efficiency and viability of CHP systems. Between 2014 and 2018, these research activities were led by Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


The installation of innovative technologies and applications that offer the greatest potential for replication can provide compelling data and information to foster market uptake in manufacturing and other applications.

*(Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009)

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