Cogeneration is the simultaneous production of two types of energy – heat and electricity – from one fuel source, often methane. The ability to create two forms of energy from a single source offers tremendous efficiency and thus cost savings and environmental benefits.
CHP Cogeneration is most efficient when heat can be used on-site or very close to it.
How Cogeneration Works
Key components of a system include:
- Internal combustion
- Reciprocating engine driving an electric generator
The clean methane fired engine spins a generator to produce electricity. The natural byproduct of the working engine is heat. The heat is captured and used to supply space heating or produce domestic hot water. The CHP Cogeneration process is very similar to an automobile, where the engine provides the power to rotate the wheels and the byproduct, heat, is used to keep the passengers warm in the cabin during the winter months.