Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

Application of CHP District Energy for Infrastructure Improvement(15911)

Joseph Technology Corporation,


DG-CHP/District Energy (DE) systems can provide significant environmental and energy-cost benefits to communities that install these systems as exemplified by Jamestown, NY. DE systems, however, remain underutilized primarily because of the lack of knowledge of modern DE technology; lack of the availability of comprehensive guidelines for conducting feasibility studies; difficulty in marketing and interconnecting end-users to the thermal network; and lack of funding for the initial feasibility analysis.

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Project Description

DG-CHP/DE projects funded by NYSERDA and others throughout the U.S., were be analyzed to determine reasons for their success, or the reasons for their delay in implementation. Feasibility studies were performed for 10 potential DG-CHP/DE sites in New York State. Guidelines on how to conduct site-specific feasibility studies and a methodology/roadmap for development and implementation of DG-CHP/DE infrastructure was developed. Lastly, feasibility study results were presented to stakeholders at the cities involved.


A standardized technique for the performance of DG-CHP/DE feasibility analyses will allow communities to more easily determine whether investment in a DG-CHP/DE infrastructure is worthwhile. The studies and presentations at the 10 study cities will help advance the concept of district energy solutions.

Project Results

District energy feasibility studies and presentations to stakeholders were completed for Poughkeepsie, Roosevelt Island, Manhattan (district cooling system), White Plains, Binghamton, Albany, Auburn, Tupper Lake, Troy and Mason Industrial Park. A guidebook was also created.


Joseph Technology Corporation,
2 Phyllis Drive
Montvale, NJ 07645

Principle Investigator

Ishai Oliker

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Research Study

Technologies Types:

Energy Power Supply
District Energy

NYSERDA Contact Information

Edward Kear


R&D - Mfg Tech & On-Site Pwr

Contract Details

Start Date: 7/8/2010 1
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 15911

Last Updated: 1/10/2014