How Combined Heat and Power Can Help Laboratories Become More Sustainable and Lower Operating Costs

July 21, 2016
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time


Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is the production of both power and heat from a single or dual fuel source, e.g., natural gas or biogas. This technology can replace or supplement existing, and possibly outdated, inefficient, conventional technologies and provide a safe and clean back-up power source. Research, pharmaceutical, and university campus laboratories and other facilities can use CHP to provide energy services in one energy-efficient step instead of purchasing electricity from the local utility and burning fuel in an onsite furnace or boiler to produce thermal heat. Implementing CHP technology can result in smaller energy utility bills, reduced primary energy use, and lower greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 40 percent or more.

After viewing this presentation, attendees will:

  • Be able to define what CHP is and how it can be applied to research, pharmaceutical, and academic campus laboratories and facilities.
  • Understand how a CHP installation can be beneficial to the environment and personal health.
  • Understand how a CHP installation can be more efficient than other technologies.
  • Gain an understanding of what makes a facility or campus ideal for a CHP system through successful installations that are applicable to the user.


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Professional Development Hours and Continuing Education Credits

Webinar attendees and those who view the recording can earn one Professional Development Hour (PDH) for professional engineers or one Learning Unit (LU) from the American Institute of Architects for registered architects.

Contact I2SL after the webinar if you would like to receive a credit for your participation.

Instructor Biography

Tom McGeehan is the director of business development, commercial and industrial projects for E-Finity Distributed Generation. Mr. McGeehan is responsible for developing E-Finity’s Capstone Turbine’s combined heat and power and combined cooling, heating, and power projects and increasing their fleet to more than 50 sites and 130 turbines in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. Mr. McGeehan oversees the commercial and industrial sales team and manages the project pipeline, which includes preliminary applications support, system sizing, and the running of project economics.

Mr. McGeehan's previous experience includes renewable energy development, where he was responsible for developing more than 50 megawatts of commercial, government, and utility solar projects throughout the United States and Canada. Mr. McGeehan is a graduate of Drexel University.


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