Cogeneration (CHP) is the production of electricity and utilization of the waste heat produced. This process uses one source of fuel to produce two forms of energy: electricity and heat.
The advantages of Cogeneration are lower electricity costs, lower thermal energy costs, increased power reliability, independence from outside suppliers and utility companies and high peak power prices, and conservation of our environmental resources. In addition to these benefits, there are energy rebates and tax incentives for qualified businesses.
Cogeneration is considered a green-building strategy. It is a low emission energy technology that is supported by the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
Industries that benefit immediately by installing Cogeneration Systems include:
• Fast Food Operations
• Hotels / Motels
• Schools / Universities
• Hospitals & Medical Clinics
• Convalescent Homes
• Retirement Facilities
• Apartments, Co-ops and Condominiums
• Industrial & Manufacturing Plants
• Health & Fitness Clubs & Resorts
• Recreation & Sporting Centers
• Commercial Laundry Facilities
• Commercial Office Buildings
Cogeneration will save you money by lowering your energy costs and electric demand charges. CHP is 2-1/2 times more efficient than electric utility, which means the system is producing electricity for less than 50% of the electric cost, plus utilizing up to 90% of the waste heat as thermal energy for hot water, heating and/or cooling. You will increase your independence and rely less on your current electric power company. Most natural gas suppliers have reduced natural gas rates for customers with CHP. All Systems Cogeneration Inc. generates a Quarterly Savings Analysis for all our clients so they can see the value of their CHP investment.
CHP works in conjunction with your existing boilers, and even extends the life of your system.
No, the main use of the Cogeneration System is not to provide back-up power. CHP works in conjunction with your electric utility to optimize efficiency and reduce monthly energy expenses by 30-60%.
If the Cogeneration System was not operating, the building would simply obtain energy in the normal manner from the utility. All of our systems are monitored 24 hours a day by a remote computer monitoring system, which enables us to diagnose and restart the units remotely, or dispatch field technicians for on-site repair.
It is possible but not recommended. To sell back energy to the utility requires additional relay protection gear, which drives up the price of the system and reduces the potential savings.
Financing programs are available for all types of customers. Most programs will allow customers to finance systems and still provide a net savings on utility expenses.
Many facilities qualify for energy rebates and tax incentives. Contact us to find out what specifically is available for you.