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April 04, 2012
Brattle Principal Jürgen Weiss Quoted in New York Times Article on the Emergence of Combined Heat and Power Energy

Brattle principal Jürgen Weiss has been quoted in a recent New York Times article discussing the emergence of combined heat and power (CHP) energy as a potential competitor for solar energy.

CHP systems, which currently exist on several college campuses, hospitals, chemical factories, and airports, capture two forms of energy at once, heat and electrical power. These systems utilize heat left over from generating electricity to produce either hot water, which circulates through pipes to nearby buildings to provide heat, or steam, which can be used for industrial uses. Proponents are optimistic that CHP technology, which is also capable for residential use, will soon be able to compete with better-known technology, such as solar panels.

Dr. Weiss says in the article that combining heat and power generation leads to greater efficiencies. The technology can also lead to lower utility bills and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

“The idea of CHP is to make electricity and not waste the heat that gets generated in the process, but rather to use it for something useful,” Dr. Weiss says in the article.

To read the complete article, please visit The New York Times website.