Technical Webinar: Reducing Emissions and Improving Grid Resilience with Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Event Details


March 10, 2021

Start Time

7:00 pm


For recording of the presentation, please see the video below


With an ever-increasing focus on green technology and power generation, CHP can play a major role in decarbonizing our energy sector. Generating electricity locally and capturing heat traditionally rejected to atmosphere, can improve the overall efficiency of our energy system and enable the usage of intermittent renewables by providing a reliable source of consistent power. CHP using natural gas as a fuel source can displace higher emitting grid resources whilst providing stability and security to a power system that may be subject to outages caused by unavailable renewables or extreme weather events.

Extreme weather events account for over 70% of power disruption and as these events increase, CHP can deliver power and heat that are essential to normal life. CHP fuelled by natural gas is a resilient energy source that is less likely to experience impacts of extreme weather events than other distributed generation. CHP can provide a reliable energy source for localized generation and also as part of a microgrid, again enabling the use of intermittent renewable energy sources without compromising stability. The ability of CHP systems to come online quickly can only strengthen grid resilience by providing a faster system response and recovery.


Jim Boyd, Chris Schurmans & Sid Kuzmanovic

Jim Boyd is a Project Development Manager at Finning Power Systems with over 30 years’ experience in the Electrical Industry. He moved into Power Generation in 2012 and specializes in the application of lean burn natural gas generator sets in multiple applications. Jim moved to Calgary from Northern Ireland in 2009 with his wife and two children.

Chris Schurmans is a Project Development Manager with Finning Power Systems with over 12 years’ experience in the Power Generation Industry. Chris has extensive experience in the fields of micro grid applications, power system distribution, electrical design, HMI / PLC programming, synchronization and paralleling controls for on-grid and off-grid applications and renewable energy products and technologies. Chris is married and lives in Vancouver with his wife and son. •

Sid Kuzmanovic is a Project Development Manager at Finning (Canada) with 20 years of experience in the Power Generation Industry. Sid has extensive knowledge of diesel generator sets and transfer switches in emergency power installations, lately specializing in high efficiency gas to grid application. Sid moved to Canada at a young age of 14 from Yugoslavia. He is married and lives in Edmonton with his wife and daughter.


7pm, March 10th, 2020.

For recording of the presentation, please see the attached video