GEM Energy offers financing to unlock CHP markets

Combined heat and power (CHP) specialist GEM Energy is to offer financing services to re-open stalled projects, says General Manager Sam Brewer.

As the US-based firm turns its focus to mission-critical applications such as data centres, GEM Energy is also tackling ‘the key impediment’ of cost of capital, he told COSPP.

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‘We could significantly increase and potentially double our sales of these systems with the same customer pool,' he said.

‘We are putting together a list of projects to approach our banking partners about – which could be projects that had failed in the past through a lack of finance.’

GEM Energy now aims to finance and lease systems, operating as ‘a financier with a hand in implementation’, he added.

With a near-term strategy of targeting data centres, the company is currently working on six projects that emerged from a recent summit in Toledo, Ohio, where GEM Energy spotlighted several local micro-turbine installations.

Sam Brewer

‘Despite having a relatively moderate electricity price, Toledo has the highest number of discrete micro turbines in the relatively small radius of the city centre,’ said Brewer.

‘If it can be done in a marginal market like Toledo, we can certainly have success with this technology in municipal areas with higher electricity prices.’

GEM Energy is also helping realise a district heat project in Ithaca, New York State, where it is engaged in completing a feasibility study.

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