Combined Heat and Power
Electricity, Heating, and Cooling From One Source
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems are a clean and efficient approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single fuel source. Constructed on-site near a building, campus or industrial processes, CHP systems capture thermal energy from hot exhaust gases for use in space heating, cooling, domestic hot water, dehumidification and process heating.
Installing one of these systems can help you improve operating efficiency, cut energy costs and reduce emissions. And, you can receive incentives up to $2.5 million for installing a CHP system at your facility.
What is CHP?
CHP involves installing a generator at your facility that produces electricity, heating, and cooling.
Compared to traditional electrical generation units, CHP is highly fuel-efficient. Traditional power sources waste about 67% of their fuel, but CHP units only waste about 25% of their fuel.
CHP is the generation of electric and thermal energy from a single fuel source such as natural gas. The CHP engine-driven system, when coupled with a generator, produces electricity. The engine also produces waste heat via exhaust gas, which can be captured to produce steam, hot water for heating, or for use in commercial or industrial facilities.
Is CHP Right for My Facility?
CHP projects that are cost-effective have a nearly constant electrical and thermal load at a moderate temperature. Facilities that often benefit from these projects include:
- Hospitals and nursing homes
- Multifamily developments
- Fitness centers, especially those with swimming pools
- Three-shift industrial plants