Combined Heat and Power Systems
Combined heat and power systems, also known as “cogeneration” or simply “CHP” are a highly efficient way of using the heat produced in electricity generation rather than letting it go to waste.
When electricity is produced in any power generating system, there is always heat given off in the process. But in most circumstances, the thermal energy produced is left to dissipate into the atmosphere rather than being captured and utilized.
In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that “nearly two-thirds of the energy used by conventional electricity generation is wasted in the form of heat discharged into the atmosphere.”
Combined heat and power systems prevent this excess heat from being wasted and, instead, use it productively.
Combined heat and power systems work by capturing the heat produced by an engine or turbine and converting it into thermal energy. Most often, this energy takes the form of steam or hot water. The steam, or hot water, produced is then transferred around the building to provide heat as needed by the building’s occupants.
To really take advantage of the benefits of renewable energy, it is recommended that combined heat and power systems are used concurrently with biomass boilers to ensure the entire process of producing power and heat is environmentally friendly.
Combined heat and power systems are available for use in most types of buildings.
From large industrial factories all the way down to residential buildings, anywhere there is a need for both heat and power, cogeneration can be utilized to efficiently and effectively meet those needs.
If you are interested in reducing your or your business’s impact on the environment, then a combined heat and power system may be the perfect solution for you.