CHP for Microgrid Energy Security


Energy security is continuing to be a key operational challenge across a range of business and facility operations throughout all sectors of the U.S., driving the demand for innovative microgrids that can provide reliable power during a utility outage.  Highly-efficient combined heat and power (CHP) systems are often used as the foundation of a distributed energy microgrid, providing a reliable source of power and heat in addition to continuous energy savings and carbon footprint reduction.  This presentation will describe the different ways that CHP systems can be configured to operate independent from the electrical utility, including manual and automatic island-mode transitions, multi-unit parallel systems, and island-only operation.  We will also review key engineering considerations, including load step capability, load versus supply management, black start, proper system sizing, and system redundancy.  Examples of installed projects will be used to describe real-world challenges and solutions.


Kent McCord

Sales Engineering Manager

Kinsley Energy Systems

Kent is a distributed energy industry professional with 20 years of experience developing successful projects for commercial, industrial and municipal building owners.  Kent is currently responsible for business development for Kinsley Energy Systems, with a focus on project development and engineering for high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) systems.  Kent’s project development expertise includes all types of CHP solutions (fuel cells, microturbines, and engine-based systems), organic Rankine cycle (ORC) waste-heat-to-electricity systems, and commercial solar solutions.  Kent is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and holds a master’s degree in Energy Management from New York Institute of Technology.  Kent is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and has been trained in carbon accounting.