Welcome to the Southeast CHP TAP

DOE's CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs), formerly called the Clean Energy Application Centers (CEACs), promote and assist in transforming the market for CHP, waste heat to power, and district energy technologies and concepts throughout the United States.

Key services of the CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships include:
  • Market Opportunity Analyses – Supporting analyses of CHP market opportunities in diverse markets including industrial, federal, institutional, and commercial sectors.
  • Education and Outreach – Providing information on the energy and non-energy benefits and applications of CHP to state and local policy makers, regulators, energy end-users, trade associations and others.
  • Technical Assistance – Providing technical assistance to end-users and stakeholders to help them consider CHP, waste heat to power, and/or district energy with CHP in their facility and to help them through the project development process from initial CHP screening to installation.


Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is...an efficient and clean approach to generating electric power and useful thermal energy from a single fuel source at the point of use. . Every CHP application involves the recovery of otherwise-wasted thermal energy to produce cooling, heating or process thermal energy or electricity, improving energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. CHP already supplies over 10% of our nation's electricity, and can and should supply more.

District Energy is...CHP, central heating, and/or central cooling applied to an entire university, office park, medical campus, mixed use sustainable development, or downtown. Over 400 building networks in the U.S. already use district energy, and the number is on the rise.

Waste Heat Recovery is...capturing waste heat that an industrial site or combustion process is already emitting, and using it to provide useful thermal energy elsewhere in the facility or turning it into clean electricity or mechanical power. Waste heat recovery for power generation is also known as bottoming cycle CHP or waste-heat-to power.

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