What is CHP?
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) (also known as co-generation) is the name for a technology that generates both electricity and heat. It is increasingly recognised worldwide as an operationally-proven, cleaner alternative to traditional centralised generation. It can provide a multitude of financial, operational, environmental and legislative benefits from a single unit of fuel, with a recognition that it has a large part to play in growing areas such as Demand Response.
It is very much a local solution to a wider issue, guaranteeing power in both a more efficient and cheaper manner and removing an overall reliance on the grid to supply the needs of a site.
With conventional generation, typical losses from both waste heat and transmission can be as much as 50%. With CHP generation the heat and power is generated on-site making it more efficient, in many cases over 80%.
There are many benefits, including:
- Reduced and Stabilised electricity costs over a fixed period
- Potential benefits from Renewable Heat Incentives
- Sufficient savings to fund energy efficient measures
- Reduced base load electricity supply
- Cooling provision using absorption chillers (Trigeneration)
- Reduced CO2 emissions
- Helps with carbon legislation compliance
- Helps meet the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRCEES) targets
- Avoids Climate Change levy