Heat is a terrible thing to waste. Expanding combined heat and power (CHP) beyond official forecasts presents a huge opportunity to profitably displace nearly 60% of the nation’s 2010 coal-fired electricity.
Some of these opportunities have already been tapped. Pulp-and-paper mills, for instance, often meet much or all of their own power and steam requirements from their waste biomass. Furthermore, companies are emerging around the U.S. to develop technologies for capturing more of this prized energy.
But, many hurdles such technology limitations and regulatory roadblocks still leave untapped potential in key industrial sub-sectors.