Plants, factories, mills, and other industrial facilities are always looking for ways to boost efficiency, lower costs, and increase quality and production speed. That is why any technology that potentially offers these benefits is worth considering. One such technology is combined heat and power systems. CHP is a naturally efficient process. Let’s take a closer look at how it works and why it is so beneficial.
How Does CHP Work
CHP systems work by turning normal waste heat into a valuable and useful resource. Typically when power is generated there is a natural release of heat as a waste byproduct. This is evident from the flues and smokestacks that are present at a wide range different industrial facilities and that are designed to vent this excess heat. However, with combined heat and power systems that heat is not vented and wasted. Instead the combined heat and power system is designed with the goal of producing both heat and power simultaneously and it puts the heat to good, efficient use. Because the heat and power are generated together, this process is also often known as cogeneration. The captured heat can be used for a range of different industrial processes or may be used to warm the facility itself. This in turn can often reduce the strain on boilers and industrial heaters.
Why Is CHP Important
In our age of growing environmental concerns, CHP is important because it better utilize resources. Instead of burning one set of fuel to create power and another set of fuel to generate heat, the same resource can be used for both purposes, reducing waste and pollution and increasing efficiency. However, environmental concerns aside, combined heat and power systems are also beneficial because the help lower fuel costs and increase efficiency at the plant, providing a competitive advantage.
Benefits of Combined Heat and Power systems include the following:
- Electricity and heat are generated together, reducing fuel costs.
- 80-90% efficiency levels are attainable with CHP.
- CHP can help relieve strain on the electrical grid and provide greater fuel security.
- CHP lowers greenhouse gas emissions.
Thus, companies that utilize CHP systems and related technologies can increase efficiency while also lowering their overhead and benefiting the environment by reducing pollution greenhouse gas emission. Combined heat and power systems are often paired with distributed power generation (DG) which refers to generating power on-site at the facility and is a topic we have examined thoroughly in other articles.
Polaris Helps Companies Implement CHP Systems
Polaris is at the forefront of implementing Combined heat and power systems. We have helped our clients increase the efficiency of their industrial facilities and reduce their carbon footprint and we are excited for the opportunity to help even more businesses reap these rewards. We ensure that CHP systems are running safely and efficiently and that they fully meet the needs of the company and client. Discover the benefits of CHP systems for yourself and contact Polaris for more information about this exciting and beneficial technology.