What is CHP?
Combined Heat & Power (CHP) or Cogeneration is the simultaneous onsite generation of both electricity and heat from a single fuel source, typically natural gas. This simultaneous generation from a single fuel source makes CHP systems highly efficient compared to conventional power generation.
A basic CHP system operates by fueling either a reciprocating or turbine driven generator set with natural gas. Electricity is produced by this process similar to standard generators. The difference is that CHP systems capture the waste heat that is normally exhausted to the atmosphere and utilizes it onsite for thermal processes. This captured thermal energy is used onsite for process steam, process hot water, dehumidification, pool water heating, domestic hot water and/or space heating. Space cooling, process chilling and refrigeration are also available through absorption chilling methods.
• Combined energy, economic & environmental benefits
• Increased energy & operational efficiency
• Substantial state incentives available
• Lower utility costs
• Extend the life of existing central plant infrastructure