Combined Heat & Power [CHP]

Combined Heat & Power | Prime Power

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In general, prime power is the production of electricity on a long-term basis for the purpose of creating revenue. Some examples include: Landfill gas, Bio-gas, Utility peaking and Combined Heat and Power (CHP).

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What is CHP? An Introduction to Combined Heat and Power

CHP is a packaged generator with integrated heat recovery components and controls. A CHP system is an energy efficiency resource allowing users to produce electricity, useful thermal energy (heating and/or cooling), and/or mechanical power concurrently from a single source of energy while using as little fuel as possible.

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Good candidates for combined heat and power deliver the customer a system with lower operating cost and, as the electricity is generated on site, the continuity of critical service during prolonged power outages and natural disasters.

Explore the pages below to learn more about CHP and how Carter Power Systems can help you.

Why Choose CHP Systems?

Facilities, like refineries, hospitals and manufacturing plants are choosing CHP systems. Why? These systems provide free, reliable thermal energy, while solidifying your utility infrastructure.

Additional incentives or benefits include:

  • Enhanced control of long-term energy costs
  • Increased energy efficiency of up to 90 percent
  • Decreased electricity costs
  • Reduced energy emissions by 50 percent
  • Improved power security in natural disasters and weather events

Another growing advantage of CHP systems is the predicted rise in electric costs, in comparison to gas prices. That factor further establishes the long-term cost benefit of combined heat and power. These systems also provide a return on investment (ROI) within two years of their installation.

Who Qualifies for CHP Systems?

With the cost, performance and reliability of combined heat and power systems, many industries are interested in adopting it. CHP systems, however, rely on several key factors to deliver their benefits. Energy costs, location and facility operating hours all affect the candidacy of organizations.

An ideal candidate would meet the following requirements:

  • On-site location for system
  • Access to natural gas or cost-effective gas line
  • Proximity to nearby electricity and thermal connections nearby
  • Operation hours of more than 11 hours each day
  • Demand for both electricity and thermal energy

Facilities that benefit the most from CHP systems also have high electricity costs, as well as low natural gas prices. Examples of some organizations that make excellent candidates for this energy option include:

  • Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Plants
  • And more

With our convenient assessment tool, you can find out if your organization’s location is a good fit for CHP.

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CHP: Sample Applications

Cat® gas generator engines are driving some powerful new changes in the way we see our world. All specifications offer high reliability, durability and fuel flexibility to burn fuels from the low energy landfill gas or bio-gas to pipeline natural gas to field gases. Below are some case studies from various industries detailing the applications of CHP.

CHP Installation Examples

CHP at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center