From: Kelsey (Walker) Southerland, Executive Director, Heat is Power Association
Published February 7, 2012 03:16 PM

Heat is Power Association Launches

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama called upon an America built to last, "an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values." Today, the Heat is Power Association is ready to answer this call in this country and beyond.



A coalition focused on the wide-scale development of a robust Waste Heat to Power (WH2P) market re-launched today as the Heat is Power Association to bring together everyone with a stake in clean energy and industry to capture an opportunity'we’re wasting every day—waste heat.

And we're not alone. From the White House to the campaign trail to state houses across the country, almost everyone can agree on two things: that the way to spur the global economy is through manufacturing, and we must shore up clean energy supplies to power and protect cities and towns everywhere. Alongside President Obama's call for a renewed manufacturing sector, he touted the thousands of jobs that have been created at the hands of clean energy investments. By expanding our focus on the output of energy resources – emission-free electricity – we can grow those numbers exponentially.

The Heat is Power Association provides a voice to the WH2P industry which offers a proven solution to ever-daunting economic and environmental hurdles – one that doesn't pit industry vs. the environment. We have the ability to bolster industrial efficiency, jobs and revenue while generating home-grown emission-free electricity. It is time to start realizing this potential.

Recent studies indicate that capturing the potential of Waste Heat to Power technology could generate 10 GW of electricity annually, enough to power 10 million American homes. This is an exciting time for our Association and for the industrial sector around the world. In the U.S. alone, capturing the full potential of WH2P could create 160,000 new American jobs, generate $3 billion in savings for American industry, and produce a significant amount of previously unrealized emission-free electricity.

While all forms of waste heat recovery technology provide an opportunity to increase efficiency, WH2P technology actually creates new emission-free electricity from a resource currently being wasted on a mass scale. Unfortunately, the definition of renewable energy has distracted policy from including all energies creating emission-free electricity and instead favors only traditional renewables. While waste heat generates the same end product as renewable sources, emission-free electricity, it has been ignored by today's standards. With the energy, environmental and economic challenges we are facing, we can ill afford to discount the possibilities of any viable solution, let alone a proven technology that answers all three! Let's not waste any more time.

There are opportunities everywhere to more robustly capture the opportunities that waste heat provides. From updating the U.S. tax code by passing the bipartisan Heat is Power Act to expanding inclusion in renewable energy standards beyond the 11 states already doing so, to educating the public about the great opportunity we are literally letting disappear into thin air, the Heat is Power Association is committed to it all. Heat is power—let's capture it!

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