Gowan is CEO of Energy Control Inc. (ECI) and is Chairman Emeritus of
the U.S. DOE GridWise Architecture Council. He is collaborating as an
energy and buildings champion on the Team of Leaders with the Galvin
Electricity Initiative. He is co-chair of the National Institute of
Standards and Technology Building to Grid Working Group and is on the
board of the NewEnergy Alliance created by Constellation NewEnergy.
He also sits on technical advisory boards and is a contributing
editor with several magazines including Engineered Systems and
A few circumstances in a data center make it ripe for a CHP design to boost efficiency. Let’s get into the options within both relevant chiller types, why payback may be shorter than expected, and the assorted potential benefits from lower costs to higher reliability. Some tips from an array of manufacturers’ reps round out this useful investigation.