Co-Generation / CHP
Nearly two-thirds of the energy used to generate electricity is wasted in the form of heat released into to the atmosphere. Up to an additional 10% of energy is wasted during the distribution of electricity to end users. Co-Generation/ CHP is on-site electricity generation that captures the heat that would otherwise be wasted to provide useful thermal energy such as steam or hot water that can be used for space heating, cooling, domestic hot water and industrial processes. Combining the thermal gain and the avoidance of distribution losses, CoGen / CHP can achieve efficiencies of over 80 percent..
In order to qualify as a CoGen candidate, a facility must have a non-Heat load thermal demand; meaning a need for thermal energy throughout the year, not just winter heating demand.
Some common CoGen candidates are:
- Commercial buildings—hotels, health clubs, nursing homes
- Residential—condominiums, co-ops, apartments, planned communities
- Institutions—colleges and universities, hospitals, prisons, military bases
- Municipal—district energy systems, wastewater treatment facilities, K-12 schools
- Manufacturers—chemical, refining, ethanol, pulp and paper, food processing, glass manufacturing
Is Your Facility a Good Candidate for CoGen?
If you answer yes to three or more of these questions, you may be a good candidate for CoGen.
- Do you pay more than $0.10 per kWh on average for electricity?
- Are you concerned about the impact of the current cost or future energy inflation on your business?
- Is your facility located in a deregulated electricity market?
- Are you concerned about the reliability of your facility’s electricity supply?
- Would there be substantial business, safety, or health impacts if the electricity supply were interrupted?
- Does your facility operate for more than 5,000 hours per year?
- Do you have a need for thermal energy throughout the year (such as steam, hot water, chilled water, or hot air)?
- Do you expect to replace, upgrade, or retrofit central plant equipment (such as generators, boilers, and chillers) within the next 2 to 5 years?
- Do you anticipate a facility expansion or new construction project within the next 2 to 5 years?
- Have you already implemented energy efficiency measures and still have high energy costs?
- Are you interested in reducing your facility’s environmental impact?
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Many energy consultants and brokers will claim that they can save you money without a thorough review of your current situation. In reality, until a complete analysis is performed, no one can be sure how much they can save you or whether they can help you at all.
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