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Apr 01
2015

What Are The Benefits And Best Applications of Cogeneration (CHP)?

By: Patti Dinneen

 

Industrial and commercial facilities often have 24/7 operations, requiring a steady flow of thermal and electric energy. This makes them ideal candidates for the installation of a CHP system. Cogeneration and CHP products are a proven method for commercial and industrial facilities to lower their operating costs while significantly reducing carbon footprints, helping to maximize overall efficiency.

How Do CHP Systems Function?

CHP uses a heat engine or power station to generate electricity and useful heat at the same time. The system provides at least a portion of a facility’s electrical load by capturing heat from hot exhaust gases; then that heat, or thermal energy, is used for things such as space heating, cooling, domestic hot water, dehumidification and/or process heating.   Many years ago, it was common for apartment buildings, large offices, and hotels to generate their own power and to use waste steam for building heat; now, it's mostly used in large manufacturing facilities and factories along with energy efficient building controls. Think of CHP as more of a energy multiplier, rather than an energy source itself. CHP essentially attempts to squeeze every last bit of usable energy out of each unit of fuel.

How Does CHP Benefit The Environment?

  • Environmental Solution – Significantly reducing CO2 emissions through greater energy efficiency
  • Local Energy Solution – Deployable throughout the United States
  • Infrastructure Modernization Solution – Relieving grid congestion and improving energy security.
  • Competitive Business Solution – Increasing efficiency, reducing business costs, and creating green-collar jobs

Kinsley CHP systems are a good way for a recreational facility to “go green”, but in a practical, sensible way. CHP systems help to reduce global warming emissions, while achieving decent paybacks on their own and do not rely extensively on massive government incentives and tax benefits, like some other “green” measures do. Kinsley systems are an efficient and responsible investment of taxpayer and institutional dollars

Which Types Of Facilities Are Best Suited For Cogeneration?

The best CHP applications are facilities with high annual hours of operation and continuous thermal load. Facilities in which electrical and thermal loads coincide to a large degree are ideal. If your business facility requires extensive use of hot water, steam, or chilling to operate at full capacity, you are an ideal candidate for Combined Heat and Power.

Companies who benefit most from this technology are:

  • Commercial Buildings: Hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, casinos, airports, large office buildings
  • Institutions: Hospitals, prisons, military bases, colleges, and universities
  • Municipal: District energy systems, town schools, wastewater treatment facilities
  • Industrial Manufacturing: Pharmaceutical, chemical, refining, ethanol, pulp and paper, food processing, and glass manufacturing

With CHP you can also notice an improvement in grid reliability because of reduced peak load. Because CHP facilities are typically located on-site or close to consumers, electricity transmission and distribution losses are reduced and delivery constraints are relieved. Projects are commonly integrated with district energy operations, which power multiple buildings, allowing generators to respond as power demands vary.

Kinsley Energy Systems

We are a top energy solutions supplier with a 50-year legacy of sales, rental and service top quality energy systems.  CHP systems help to reduce global warming emissions, while achieving decent paybacks on their own and do not rely extensively on massive government incentives and tax benefits, like some other “green” measures do. Kinsley systems are an efficient and responsible investment of taxpayer and institutional dollars. If you are still uncertain if your facility would be a good fit for CHP, feel free to download our e-book, "Is My Facility A Good Candidate For CHP?” or call (860) 844-6100.


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