The energy advantage of micro-CHP compared to standard energy building usage. Based on primary source energy combined heat and power has the potential to significantly reduce the amount of energy used.

Lead Performer: A.O. Smith – Milwaukee, WI
Partners: Briggs & Stratton – Milwaukee, WI; YANMAR America – Adairsville, GA
DOE Funding: $675,000
Cost Share: $863,300
Project Term: October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2017
Funding Opportunity: DOE FOA-0001084 – Commercial Building Technology Demonstrations


The goal of this proposal is to verify that large-scale deployment of micro combined heat and power (μCHP) in North America (NA) has the potential to save 10.5 GW of primary energy in the commercial building sector. The objective to achieve this goal is to overcome four of the identified market barriers by commissioning eight field demonstration sites across four markets and three geographic regions in NA. The expected outcomes are to provide stakeholders (manufacturers, building owners/national account companies and installers) the information they need in order to make informed decisions regarding deployment of this technology. Specifically:

  1. Verifying the value proposition of <3 year installed cost payback
  2. Identifying and simplifying installation and maintenance/service issues
  3. Creating effective training programs for both installation and service personnel


Provide stakeholders with the information they need in order to make informed decisions regarding deployment of this technology.  Specifically:

  • Technology to Market Plan laying out likely commercialization approach and anticipated time to commercialization
  • Total potential primary energy savings potential: 0.54 quads/yr


DOE Technology Manager: Charles Llenza
Lead Performer: Kris L. Jorgensen, Ph.D., A. O. Smith

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