The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development (EPA-ORD) operates the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program to facilitate the deployment of innovative technologies through performance verification and information dissemination. The goal of ETV is to further environmental protection by accelerating the acceptance and use of improved and innovative environmental technologies. ETV seeks to achieve this goal by providing high-quality, peer-reviewed data on technology performance to those involved in the purchase, design, distribution, financing, permitting, and use of environmental technologies.
ETV works in partnership with recognized standards and testing organizations, stakeholder groups that consist of buyers, vendor organizations, and permitters, and with the full participation of individual technology developers. The program evaluates the performance of technologies by developing test plans that are responsive to the needs of stakeholders, conducting field or laboratory tests, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing peer-reviewed reports. All evaluations are conducted in accordance with rigorous quality assurance protocols to ensure that data of known and adequate quality are generated and that the results are defensible.
The Greenhouse Gas Technology Center (GHG Center), operated by Southern Research Institute (Southern), is one of six verification organizations operating under the ETV program. A technology area of interest to some GHG Center stakeholders is distributed electrical power generation (DG), particularly with combined heat and power (CHP) capabilities.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the U.S. EPA co-funded a program with the GHG Center to evaluate the performance of a variety of DG/CHP systems installed at sites throughout New York State. This website provides access to the final test reports for the field tests conducted at these sites.
Further information can be found at the following websites: NYSERDA's DG/CHP Integrated Data System U.S. EPA's Advanced Energy Greenhouse Gas Technology Center ASERTTI DG/CHP Testing Protocols and Performance Database