What CHP is:

Combined Heat and Power (CHP), also known as Cogeneration, is a clean and efficient way to generate electricity and thermal energy using only a single source of fuel.  CHP is usually used to supplement, and in some cases to replace, both the purchase of electricity from the Grid and the use of boilers.  

Instead of purchasing electricity from the Grid and burning fuel to produce thermal energy in an onsite furnace or boiler, an industrial or commercial facility can use CHP to generate electricity and thermal energy in one-single step with a substantial increase in efficiency.

How CHP works:

  1. The prime mover rotates a generator producing electricity

  2. Waste heat is recovered from the exhaust system and the engine jacket to be utilized within the onsite applications and processes

Courtesy:  U.S. EPA

Courtesy:  U.S. EPA