Combined Heat & Power (CHP) | Energy Innovations

Combined Heat & Power (CHP)

Combined heat and power (CHP) integrates the production of usable heat with power (electricity), in one single, efficient process.

CHP generates electricity whilst also capturing usable heat that is produced in this process. This contrasts with more conventional ways of generating electricity where a vast amount of heat is simply wasted.  In today’s coal and gas fired power stations, up to two thirds of the overall energy consumed is lost in this way, often seen as a cloud of steam rising from cooling towers.

By using the heat, CHP plants can reach efficiency ratings in excess of 80%. This compares with the efficiency of gas power stations, which in the UK range between 49% and 52%. Coal-fired plants fare less well with an efficiency of around 38%.

Modern CHP plants are usually scaled to serve relatively small communities or even single sites or businesses. They can provide local heat, electricity and sometimes even cooling to various types of users. Because the energy is produced and used locally, CHP has the added benefit of avoiding efficiency losses incurred through transmission and distribution of electricity through the National Grid and local distribution networks.

Energy Innovations has experience of installing CHP Plants producing up to 3.3mW of heat and 350kW of electricity, fuelled by a range of different biomass, and continues, rapidly, to expand its portfolio of CHP Projects.

Our supplier of choice for CHP systems is Polytechnik who provide biomass  boilers producing the required heat/pressure transfer through water, steam or thermal  oil.

 

ORGANIC RANKINE CYCLE (ORC)

This technology enables the production of electricity from a relatively low heat temperature which makes it suitable to use in conjunction with conventional biomass boiler systems.

We have installed systems using Enogia ORCs which have a flexible power delivery curve responding in proportion to their respective boiler output and heat demand.

 

CHP generates electricity whilst also capturing usable heat that is produced in this process. This contrasts with more conventional ways of generating electricity where a vast amount of heat is simply wasted.  In today’s coal and gas fired power stations, up to two thirds of the overall energy consumed is lost in this way, often seen as a cloud of steam rising from cooling towers.

By using the heat, CHP plants can reach efficiency ratings in excess of 80%. This compares with the efficiency of gas power stations, which in the UK range between 49% and 52%. Coal-fired plants fare less well with an efficiency of around 38%.

Modern CHP plants are usually scaled to serve relatively small communities or even single sites or businesses. They can provide local heat, electricity and sometimes even cooling to various types of users. Because the energy is produced and used locally, CHP has the added benefit of avoiding efficiency losses incurred through transmission and distribution of electricity through the National Grid and local distribution networks.

Energy Innovations has experience of installing CHP Plants producing up to 1.5mW of heat and 145kW of electricity, fuelled by a range of different biomass, and continues, rapidly, to expand its portfolio of CHP Projects.


Our partner of choice for CHP systems is Polytechnik who provide the biomass  boilers producing the required heat/pressure transfer through steam or thermal  oil.