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Combined Heat and Power (CHP)-Enabled Renewable, Distributed Energy Technology in a Micro-Grid via Leveraged Use of Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Gas

Through US Department of Energy's State Energy Program (SEP), DEP's Office of Pollution Prevention and Energy Assistance has provided funding to The Pennsylvania State University's Consortium for Building Energy Innovation to demonstrate the use of natural gas and solar energy in a hybrid, CHP-Enabled Renewable Energy distributed energy configuration at the newly constructed Building 7R facility at the microgrid within the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

This project was selected as a partnering opportunity for this cutting-edge technology as the Pennsylvania's 2015 Climate Change Action Plan Update contains a work plan recommending increased deployment of CHP systems in PA. In addition, in 2016 the PUC has proposed a policy statement intended to promote CHP investments and encourage electric distribution companies (EDCs) and natural gas distribution companies (NGDCs) to make CHP an integral part of their energy efficiency and resiliency plans.

This demonstration will establish a path to a more pervasive use of renewable energy technology by the application of hybrid (CHP + Solar Photovoltaic + Electric and Thermal Energy Storage combinations) systems that enable a resilient, low carbon footprint path that rationally incorporates cost-effective advances in solar cells, energy storage and distributed energy based electric grid designs. The project will provide the data and system operation experience for a transferrable design guide to enable interested municipal, industrial and rural co-op organizations to assess implementation feasibility for particular applications, in a manner not unlike the agricultural sector guides provided by the PSU Ag Extension program.