What Is Combined Heating And Power? | EnergyLink

What is Combined Heating and Power?

A combined heating and power (CHP) system, or cogeneration, is an “energy efficient technology” that captures the extra heat as the power system is generating electricity for a facility, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As we all know, power systems heat up when producing electricity. Most of the time, this heat, or thermal energy, is wasted. Thus, according to American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), “conventional generation” is not very efficient.


Benefits of CHP systems

By switching the conventional power system to CHP, you will be able to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • CHP units work especially well with tall buildings because it reduces the energy that the boiler system has to generate and significantly reduces the cost to heat them.
  • Unlike solar and wind power, which will change depending on the weather, CHP will be stable and won’t be affected by the weather condition.
  • CHP units use natural gas to generate electricity, which is pretty cheap
  • CHP units efficiently capture the thermal energy and use them to heat up the facilities


If you still have doubt towards CHP, take a look at some of the biggest organizations in the U.S. According to The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, NASA is powered by CHP. Also, according to The Guardian, Coca-Cola uses CHP to power up. And there are more than 1,000 sites in California that are using CHP to produce power, according to Center for Sustainable Energy. As these examples show, tall buildings, such as apartments, hotels, schools, and factories, generally benefit the most from CHP. It not only lightens the burden of the boiler system, but also significantly reduces utility costs.

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