Combined Heat-and-Power Generation
Combined Heat-and-Power (CHP) systems are intelligent energy efficiency. For example, a basic CHP system generates electricity through a large gas-fired turbine, producing a great amount of waste heat. The heat that would otherwise be allowed to escape is then applied for heating an industrial boiler or producing heat for a building.
This highly efficient system produces a given amount of electricity and usable heat with 10 to 30 percent less fuel than if the two functions were separate. A typical electric generation system may achieve up to 45 percent efficiency, but with the addition of a waste heat recovery unit, it can gain energy efficiencies in excess of 80 percent, producing big savings.
CHP systems can produce as little as 20 kilowatts (kW) to as much as 300 megawatts (MW) of electricity, depending on your electrical and usable heat needs. In many cases, the excess electricity can be sold to your local electric utility.
Industrial uses are ideal for CHP, but commercial establishments also can benefit. Universities, hospitals, office buildings and condominiums/apartments all require electricity and have large space and water heating needs, making cogeneration a sound choice.
Clarion Hotel Saves With CHP – Energy Solutions Center Case Study
Food Processing Industrial Turbine CHP Project Fact Sheet – Energy Solutions Center