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Combined heat and power and campus carbon footprint reduction

dc.contributor.advisorCarr, Charles
dc.contributor.authorDeCaro, Chris
dc.contributor.authorHe, Christine
dc.contributor.authorKennedy, Colin
dc.contributor.authorParks, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorRebois, Dylan
dc.contributor.authorSchaler, Ethan
dc.contributor.authorTseng, Jeffrey
dc.contributor.authorVoshell, Kenny
dc.descriptionGemstone Team Cogeneration Technologyen_US
dc.description.abstractCombined heat and power (CHP), the sequential generation of electrical and thermal energy in an integrated process, has emerged as an economically viable and immediately effective power generation method to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. CHP systems utilize both the electricity and waste heat created during energy production to increase fuel efficiency and decrease carbon emissions compared to conventional heat and power generation systems. This research examines the extent to which universities can decrease carbon emissions by identifying strategies for installation and operation of highly efficient, gas-fired CHP. To best identify how to enhance campus CHP, existing university plants were surveyed to benchmark how efficiently universities operate CHP. Strategies for increasing turbine efficiency were then considered. Demand for efficient CHP on university campuses was identified and connected to specific turbine characteristics. Policy frameworks to support the development of efficient CHP implementation and operation were examined and challenges identified. This report provides recommendations for overcoming technical, economic, and policy challenges to attain immediate emissions reductions through university usage of CHP.en_US
dc.subjectcombined heat and poweren_US
dc.subjectelectrical poweren_US
dc.subjectthermal poweren_US
dc.subjectpower generationen_US
dc.subjectGemstone Team Cogeneration Technologyen_US
dc.titleCombined heat and power and campus carbon footprint reductionen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland
dc.relation.isAvailableAtGemstone Program, University of Maryland (College Park, Md)

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