Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is a highly efficient process that generates electricity and heat simultaneously. By utilizing the waste heat from gas turbines, valuable steam or hot water can be generated in a heat exchanger which can then be used in any number of applications, all with no additional fuel consumption. As a result, the overall efficiency of CHP systems can reach up to 90%, making CHP one of the most energy-efficient methods of clean power generation.
By using one fuel source to produce both heat and electricity simultaneously, is significantly more efficient and cost-effective than traditional power generation. The figures below illustrate the difference.
CHP solutions use a single fuel in a combustion engine, such as a gas turbine, to generate electricity. The heat created is captured and recycled to provide hot water or steam for other uses—for example, facility heating or. Energy losts is greatly reduced.
In most conventional power generation scanarios, electricity and thermal energy are produced separately using different processes and fuel sources: one for electricity and another to power a boiler or furnace. The energy lost can be significantly higher than CHP.
CHP is one of the fastest-growing energy electricity/thermal technologies in the world todayIts high-efficiency, coupled low natural gas prices, make this technology suitable for all businesses concerned about rising electricity cost.
CHP is suitable for any operation that has 24 hours of electricity and thermal demands.