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Oakland University conference focuses on energy efficiency

ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) — A conference at Oakland University in Rochester will explore use of combined heat and power to boost energy efficiency by reducing waste.

“Combined heat and power” is also known as cogeneration. Such systems produce electricity and useful thermal energy in one package. Backers say they avoid losses that happen when heat and power are generated separately.

By recovering and using otherwise rejected waste heat, the systems can operate at efficiencies higher than 80 percent. The conventional method of producing centralized electric power has a typical efficiency of 30 to 40 percent.

The conference Tuesday is taking place at the Oakland Center on the Rochester campus.

Its hosts are the university’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council.

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