What is CHP?
Combined Heat & Power (CHP) is the use of a heat engine or a power station to simultaneously cogenerate both electricity and useful heat from a single fuel source.
Whenever you turn on the heater in your car, you are cogenerating. The heat your engine would normally dissipate through your radiator is passed through your car’s heater. This warms the inside of the passenger compartment as you drive along. The single fuel you are using is the gasoline in your tank, but it is providing both the power to drive your car and the heat to keep you warm. Using absorption chillers, you can also provide cooling where needed.
Where do you use CHP?
On your own site. The typical CHP system is no bigger than an mid-sized SUV, and just about as quiet, too. Placed on site, it ties in with the existing hot water heating system and electrical distribution system to provide the facility with the first line in heating water and electrifying the facility. When more hot water or electricity is needed than the unit can supply, the existing systems kick in and furnish that excess without missing a beat. When the CHP power-plant needs maintenance, those same existing systems are there to insure your facility keeps operating as required.
Should you choose CHP?
If you want to save money and be a good neighbor in conserving energy and combating pollution, CHP is something you should consider.