Waste Heat to Power


What sets WHP apart from CHP?

  • While Combined Heat & Power (CHP) produces both heat and power from the same fuel source, Waste Heat to Power (WHP) uses industrial waste heat instead of fuel to generate electricity only.
  • Existing federal legislation and a number of proposed bills provide for a definition of WHP that is separate and distinct from the definition of CHP.
  • WHP qualifies as renewable in 15 states, either in the state’s RPS, goal, pilot program, or SGIP. No state considers CHP to be renewable unless the CHP system is based on a renewable resource such as biomass.
  • Waste heat is more similar to a renewable energy resource - no incremental fuel, combustion or emissions - and unlike CHP, produces just electricity.
  • States use different names for WHP than they use for CHP. States refer to WHP as: waste heat to power, waste heat recovery, waste heat recovery converted into electricity, waste gas and waste heat capture or recovery, waste energy recovery system, energy recovery processes, recycled energy, industrial byproduct technology, renewable energy source.

    The national organization coordinating the waste heat industry is Heat is Power Association. Go to the www.heatispower.org to find information about the industry, WHP technologies, HiP membership and members, WHP news, and more.  

    A presentation from the Heat is Power Association’s 2014 Annual Members Meeting is available here.  A Waste Heat to Power Fact Sheet is available here.  Quotes from business leaders on WHP are available here.  

    For more details contact Susan Brodie at susan@heatispower.org.
    The Heat is Power Association
    Primary Energy
    2215 S York Road, Suite 202
    Oak Brook, IL 60523