Weighing the Benefits of a Cogeneration Plant

August 26, 2015  |  Jamie Landers, Electrical & Controls Engineer

Is cogeneration the right match for your organization’s energy requirements? In order to determine the answer, you’ll need to consider your institution’s energy use and profile, utility company tariffs and regulations, and future energy needs. The right time Typically, organizations that utilize Combined Heat and Power have significant, continuous, specialized, or mission-critical heating and power needs: institutions such as universities, hospitals and industrial facilities with 24×7 production schedules. Installing a cogeneration unit is a significant | Read More

Combined Heat and Power as a Sustainable Heating Solution

August 25, 2015  |  Jim Pretz, Managing Principal & CEO

Today, many industries and organizations like universities are burning coal to produce steam for their campuses and other organizations. Increasingly, institutions with older heating systems are seeking to replace those systems with cleaner and more cost-effective alternatives. Searching for new solutions Take Ohio. Many of the state’s public universities have signed on to an initiative that will eliminate their use of coal by 2020. One alternative is to replace these facilities’ coal boilers with gas | Read More

How a Cogeneration Plant Enhances System Reliability and Resiliency

August 22, 2015  |  Jamie Landers, Electrical & Controls Engineer

Cogeneration allows institutions to simplify their energy needs, burning natural gas to provide both heat and power. Some owners might wonder: what if there is a gas line disruption or a gas curtailment? Could this create a single point of failure for the entire system? In fact, the opposite is true: Combined Heat and Power can help institutions improve the resiliency of their systems and become more self-reliant in the case of catastrophes. The reliability | Read More

Why Combined Heat and Power Lowers Costs for Facilities

August 4, 2015  |  Jim Pretz, Managing Principal & CEO

How can Combined Heat and Power reduce costs for facilities like hospitals and universities? First, it’s important to match the plant to the facilities’ specific needs. A plant that fits To achieve maximum efficiency, a cogeneration plant should be designed to meet a facility’s base steam needs. For a university, you might establish this base by looking at your heating needs in the summer months, when it’s warmest outside and fewer students are on campus. | Read More

How Does a Cogeneration Plant Work?

May 21, 2014  |  Jim Pretz, Managing Principal & CEO

What is a cogeneration plant and how does it work? The answer lies in another name for the concept – Combined Heat and Power (or CHP). A cogeneration or CHP plant generates both electrical energy (often measured as power) and heat energy. In its simplest form, this is accomplished by driving an electrical alternator (i.e., an AC power generator) with a turbine or internal combustion engine and capturing the resultant heat (caused by combustion, friction | Read More