U.S. Army Secretary Eric Fanning has called on the service branch to launch 50 megawatts of new combined heat and power projects annually for the next four years.
The Army said Wednesday CHP facilities are built to capture waste heat that can be used for space heating, cooling, domestic hot water and industrial processes.
CHP technology works to provide up to 70-80 percent efficiency and could support localized needs for power and thermal energy, the Army noted.
The service branch noted it could use CHP technology to modernize aging industrial facilities that were installed during World War II.
CHP is also designed to maintain energy support for installations in case access to the regional electrical grid is blocked.