Co-Generation: Combined Heat + Power
In a typical facility, combined Heat + Power (CHP) increases energy efficiency from 35% to 85%
Operating efficiently means that much less energy is needed, resulting in 40-50% reduction in energy expenses.
CHP can operate during blackouts, so facilities stay powered, without inconvenience or disruptions.
What makes CH+P so efficient?
CH+P Works best in:
+ Multi−family residential buildings
+ Industrial processes
+ Municilpal Rec centers
+ Any facility that uses electricity, heat and/or cooling
Heat is the natural consequence of generating electricity. When a utility burns fuel to generate electricity, over 50% of that fuel becomes heat (thermal energy). That heat is then discharged into the open, completely wasted. Of course the utility bills you for all the fuel it uses, regardless of how much of it goes up the stack. Separately, your building also uses fuel for the boiler for heating (and sometimes cooling as well).
In contrast, a CHP generator is equipped to capture the heat when generating electricity. This heat displaces the fuel you’d otherwise buy for your boiler or chiller, resulting in very large savings.
The environmental case for CHP is straight-forward: use less, pollute less. CHP consumes about 50% less fuel, and consequently release 50% less greenhouse gases. Because of CHP’s effectiveness in reducing greenhouse gases, The Department of Energy (DoE) has an aggressive goal of CHP installations providing 20% of the US generation capacity by 2030. The EPA recognise the benefits of CHP through LEED certification and EnergyStar designation.
First developed by Thomas Edison in the 1880s, CHP is one of the most common forms of energy recycling. CHP plants have a long operating history in the U.S. and use time-tested equipment, including Caterpillar, Cummins, GM and others.
CHP has been used to power many industrial sites and currently provides 9% (or 85GW) of power generation capacity in the United States.
Kinetic S.E.: Your experienced CH+P partner
The principals of Kinetic have designed over two dozen CHP plants, ranging from 100–7,500kW, using engines and turbines. Kinetic will lead you through the process:
Feasibility analysis to establish applicability
Design and engineering of the system
Bidding and comparison of bid results