The Co-genergy solution
Wherever there is a need for electricity, heating/cooling or hot water, any building can benefit from cogeneration. Increasingly our lives require more energy, even as we try to become more efficient in its use, still our dependence grows. Imagine being without it? A day without power or heat!
Whether you own or rent your home, a significant part of your monthly expenditure will be the cost of that energy. Take a look at your monthly bill, how much of that cost is electrical power, the kilowatts used?
Even with very low kilowatt/hr prices, you pay far more in delivery, transmission, rate riders and administration. Choose your provider carefully, they're not all equal.
Current kWh rates are so low in some provinces that it's hard for cogeneration to compete. We can do better though, when we use the heat and cut those other charges, much better!
Use one fuel to provide your heat and power and save on administration, distribution, etc. Single homes, apartment buildings, landlords, seniors homes, how much could you save?
A smaller CHP unit operating 24/7 in a hotel for example, can provide much of the daily heat and hot water needed. Larger units can power and heat whole leisure centres, malls, office buildings, etc.
Replacing older less efficient boilers, furnaces and roof top units with cogeneration, added thermal storage and modern control systems can drastically reduce heating costs while benefiting from on-site power production.
Shopping centres, supermarkets, office buildings, education, leisure facilities, pools & spas, hostels, hotels and restaurants would all benefit from cogeneration.
In business, a dollar saved on costs is equal to five dollars extra in sales. Save the dollars on your costs and increase your profits, extra sales are a bonus.
Consistent demand for heat and power make hospitals and clinics excellent applications. Cogeneration is widely used in the healthcare facilities and seniors housing. 24 hour demand for heat is needed, for comfort heating and hot water for cleaning or laundry. Many larger hospitals capitalise on the use of this heat in summer to provide chilled water for cooling with absorption technology.
Of course the electrical generation is always needed and by making this on site gives the facility greater independence in times of emergency.
Industrial manufacturing, food & beverage, transport, pharmaceutical & oil and gas
Cogeneration is becoming increasingly attractive in industry for heat supply.
Decentralised heat generation with highly efficient CHP plants offers great potential for energy savings. Multi-megawatt district heating systems, energy provision for laundries and the use of biogas cogeneration in waste water treatment, breweries, dairy and food processing. When a high demand for heating and cooling arises in a process, such as in the food industry, the overall efficiency level can be raised by cogeneration (CHP) in combination with absorption chillers thus exploiting additional energy-saving potential.
Cogeneration is adaptable to many fuels, mine gas, flare gas, LPG and landfill gas. In the oil & gas sector we have the ability to provide large amounts of power and heat from containerised units that can be transported to a site and then relocated when needed, not stranded. A power and heat solution available in weeks, not years and scalable to multi-MW capacities.
Many forms of agriculture reduce their costs and improve their profits with cogeneration using natural gas or biogas. Biogas produced by anaerobic digestion (AD) from animal and organic waste is a100% renewable fuel producing heat, power and fertiliser.
Livestock, dairy and fish farmers can use the power, heat and cooling for farm or production use, and in certain cases sell the green power back to the grid. https://www.epa.gov/agstar
Horticulture uses cogeneration by producing heat for greenhouses and power for lighting. The exhaust CO2 gas can be cleaned and used to fertilize plants during photosynthesis, increasing yield and profit. Fruit, vegetable, plant and flower growers worldwide use cogeneration as their heat, power and CO2 source.
Even the emerging medical marijuana industry is using cogeneration, absorption cooling and gas heat pump technology.