4CleanTech discusses the future of combined heat and power (CHP) technology with biomethane and hydrogen.
In the past, energy was simply a fixed cost factor in the value chain of a company, but this has changed fundamentally in the last decade. By using renewable energy sources, energy-intensive businesses, in particular, can not only reduce their carbon footprint but also secure decisive market advantages through cost reductions. Decentralised energy generation with combined heat and power (CHP) units will play an important part in reaching this target.
What is CHP?
In simple terms, a CHP unit consists of an internal combustion engine with an alternator to generate electricity and heat. It is an extremely efficient process to produce electricity and heat from only one source, normally natural gas. Unlike traditional power stations, CHPs can be decentralised and located exactly where they are needed. From an environmental perspective, there are fewer carbon emissions with maximum energy savings.
The CHPQA Scheme
On average, a CHP’s efficiency ranges...