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Combined Heat & Power (CHP): More Energy for More Savings

Of all the generator systems available in the market today, one excels at maximizing energy output. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems heat and power using the same fuel source, harnessing its energy output for added financial savings for your business.

Carter Machinery is the largest dealer of CHP systems in the United States. We offer a wide range of CHP options; have the expertise to optimize a system for your facility and, the boots on the ground to make sure you get the most out of your investment.

What is CHP?

Your car is an example of a CHP system. It creates electricity, as well as, heats and cools. Like cars, U.S. power plants and generators are capable of producing cooling and heating as well as steam, but not all of these traits are harnessed to their full advantage. Your local power plant provides only about 30% of the total energy it generates.

A CHP system is designed to harness all these advantages into one, resulting in increased usage. Instead of having to purchase electricity to power, cool, and heat your business, you can use a CHP system to provide all of these functions with increased efficiency. These systems provide 80% of the electricity they create, making it a powerful tool to bring down the costs of powering and maintaining your business.

Big Benefits

Improved Energy Efficiency

CHP systems increase energy efficiency of up to 90%, giving you more energy per dollar than traditional methods, significantly decreasing your electricity costs.

Enhanced Control of Long-Term Energy Costs

By offering multiple energy benefits, a CHP system will help you compensate for higher costs in the ways you need them most. For instance, if you are a business with high cooling costs, these systems work to cool your building more efficiently. It offers the same benefits for heat and general electricity usage.

Reduced Energy Emissions

CHP systems are powered by natural gas, biogas, and other lower-cost gas systems, making them a clean energy alternative. Combined with their high efficiency, they help reduce emissions by 50%, making them smart options for both cost savings and meeting environmental standards.

Energy During Natural Disasters and Weather Events

Utilizing gas as a fuel source allows for less reliance on traditional electrical wiring and surrounding power grids. During Hurricane Sandy in 2012, buildings that utilized CHPs were able to maintain full or partial electricity during and after the storm.  

Additional Advantages

The advantages don’t stop at heating, cooling, and powering your building. These systems are also used for:

  • Producing hot air for drying processes
  • Supporting crop fertilization needs in greenhouses
  • Reducing emissions and improving efficiency by replacing aging equipment
  • Reducing out-of-pocket costs by acting as an alternative to backup generators.

Are You a Candidate for CHP?

Not all businesses benefit from a CHP system. Your business will need to have: 

  • An on-site location for the CHP
  • Access to natural gas, biogas, or cost-effective gas line
  • Proximity to nearby electricity and thermal connections
  • Operation hours of more than 11 hours each day
  • Demand for both electricity and thermal energy

Some examples of organizations that typically experience high energy costs and benefit greatly from a CHP include universities, hospitals, nursing homes, and power plants.

Learn More

Learn more about CHP systems and if they are right for you by downloading this 60-minute webinar from Caterpillar’s Gas Solution Manager about Combined Heat and Power.