Waste Heat Recovery/Combined Heat and Power

Project Description

This project focuses on conventional waste heat recovery (WHR) technologies, where industrial waste heat is captured, recovered and converted to electricity (5 MW or greater), as well as combined heat and power (CHP) technologies, which utilize a single fuel source such as natural gas, biogas, biomass or waste heat to produce two energy outputs: electricity and heating/cooling. TVA seeks to complete this project through leveraging funds with large industrial customer(s). This initiative will result in the award of at least one project depending on the level of matching funds from industrial customer proposals, which was completed through a previous Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

Project Implementation

An RFP was issued to directly served and local power company served industrial customers located in the TVA service area. TVA will provide minimal technical guidance and financial assistance towards the capital cost of the project, with progress payments to be made during fiscal years 2016 through 2020. Proposals were to include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Description of project including the technologies to be used and major equipment
  • Net amount of electricity produced and estimated capacity factor
  • Total capital cost (including breakdown by cost elements)
  • Total capital funding assistance requested from TVA and detail on capital funding assistance per milestone
  • Project schedule and major milestones

TVA Project Schedule

Project MilestonesDates* 
RFP issued to industrial customers August 3, 2015  
External webinar—RFP proposal September 2015  
Proposals Due December 2015  
Evaluate and award contract March 2016  
Environmental permitting and reviews August 2016  
Detailed design and engineering package December 2016  
Design review and approval December 2017  
Equipment procurement May 2017  
Begin site preparation June 2018  
Begin construction, develop operating procedures October 2018  
Construction complete September 2019  
System prove-out, operator training  December 2019  
 Commercial operation and project completion  April 2020  
 Final report to the EPA  June 2020  

* Dates are tentative and subject to change