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Combined Heat and Power Training

Presenter: Nolan Hill and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Boise, ID

The Riverside Hotel
2900 West Chinden Blvd.
Boise, ID 83714
Phone: 208-343-1871

This seminar is closed or full.


Attendees may bring their own laptop computers and power supplies in order to participate in a demonstration of online CHP assessment tools. If you would like to participate on your laptop, please bring one year of electrical and thermal energy data for a site of interest to you.

Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:15 - 5:00 pm

M. Karr

   Install Excel-based CHP assessment tools
      (bring your ownlaptop, and 12 months of electric and thermal energy consumption data for a site of interest to you)

Introduction to CHP systems
M. Karr

   CHP prime movers and components for each prime mover including applied examples applications to heating and cooling systems
      as well as electrical connection equipment and issues. Includes how to select CHP technology for applied applications – ranges from
      internal combustion systems to micro turbines and large-scale turbines. Thermodynamics refresher.

CHP Applied
M. Karr

   Process for evaluating cost payback and system pros/cons based on facility condition and existing infrastructure. High-level applied examples
      of conducting a CHP study. Applications samples may include:
      • Apartment or assisted living complex
      • K12 school (with swimming pool)
      • YMCA or other health club
      • Dairy
      • Hospital campus
      • University
      • Students can try the online assessment tools on their laptops

CHP Plant Tour, Riverside Hotel
M. Karr, N. Hill

   Visit to reciprocating engine installation, onsite

Introduction and Application of CHP Tool
M. Karr

Real Cost Tool
M. Karr

   Applied applications for each of the scenarios introduced in Session 2 (hands-on student use of tool)
   Lifecycle analysis of CHP systems and simple payback

Green House Gas (GHG) Tool
M. Karr

   Introduction to GHG mitigation system components
   Applied applications for each of the scenarios introduced in Session 2 (hands-on student use of tool)

Financing CHP Projects and Misc.
N. Hill

   Financing CHP projects
   Energy-related tools and resources
   Project examples
   Student Q/A time

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Construction Contractors
     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Idaho.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved architect continuing education sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York (NYSED Provider No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This program also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any contractor board with a continuing education requirement. Idaho HVAC contractors do not have a continuing education requirement at this time.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Nolan Hill

Co-Founder and CEO of Highland West Energy, LLC
Mr. Hill is the co-founder and CEO of Highland West Energy, LLC. Highland West is the premier reciprocating engine CHP developer throughout the Intermountain West and Pacific Northwest regions. He has been formally trained on CHP qualification analysis by the Northwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Advisory Panel. Mr. Hill is trained to work with consumers (end users), engineers, and architects to qualify CHP project potentials based upon CHP sizing, equipment selection, and financial investment, including return non-investment calculations.

Marcia Karr, PE

Ms. Karr worked with the Northwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Advisory Panel to develop training and tools for assessment of the viability for installing combined heat and power at commercial and industrial facilities. Assessments include determination of right sizing, selecting the best technology, mechanical and electrical interface, permitting and associated regulations. This is done with the goal of providing customers with a technology that will save them money, improve power and thermal reliability, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Carolyn Roos

Dr. Roos is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years of experience in industrial and building systems energy efficiency, specializing in the development of Excel-based calculators for engineers and contractors. She provides technical assistance on commercial and industrial energy system efficiency and renewable energy projects. Dr. Roos also provides technical support to the U.S. DOE Northwest Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership, focusing on CHP, biopower and waste heat to power applications. She previously worked as an energy management engineer at Puget Sound Energy, where she performed energy efficiency analyses for commercial and industrial customers, and at the Army Corps of Engineers Hydroelectric Design Center.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.