5 Benefits of Having a CHP Unit in Your Factory

Posted by Clare Burns on 17-Feb-2015 10:49:56

CHP units are perfectly suited to the demands of the food and drink manufacturing industry. Here are 5 of the biggest benefits CHP can bring to your plant.


5_benefits_of_having_a_chp_in_your_factoryThe food and drink manufacturing industry is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK. It has a turnover of £95.4bn and exports almost £19.5bn of products every year.

It’s an energy intensive industry, which means manufacturers are finding themselves struggling with rising energy costs. 


The good news is that the food and drink manufacturing industry has a perfect match in CHP.

CHP stands for Combined Heat and Power, also known as cogeneration. Combined Heat and Power generates electricity while capturing the usable heat that is produced in this process.

Obviously this has a lot of benefits - and some of the figures are quite impressive.

A CHP unit can achieve an overall efficiency of up to 80% - to put that into perspective, the efficiency of a coal-fired plant is something more like 40% - and that means that organisations using CHP can not only cut their carbon emissions, but they can also save as much as 40% on their energy bills. After installing two CHP units at their production plant, one confectionery manufacturer is saving £200,000 a year.


CHP suits this industry perfectly because it provides an efficient way to heat and chill. The heat produced by the unit can heat water used in factory processes and provide an opportunity for de-steaming. Used in conjunction with an absorption chiller, a CHP unit can provide cooling for plants with cooling or refrigeration demands. This is called Trigeneration, or Combined Cooling, Heat and Power (CCHP).

By replacing time expired equipment with new efficient systems, implementing CHP is also a great way for food and drink manufacturers to reduce maintenance costs and eliminate any maintenance backlog. A good CHP provider will have a highly trained team of engineers who will cover the unit’s maintenance, meaning you can focus your maintenance efforts elsewhere while your supply remains uninterrupted.


So, there are five good reasons why CHP is a great fit for the food and drink manufacturing industry.

CHP can cut carbon emissions significantly and can save you up to 40% on your energy bills. It offers an efficient way to heat water without burning more fuel, and the energy produced can also be used to meet your plant’s cooling and chilling demands. Finally, there will be less maintenance associated with your plant, freeing up your maintenance resource and budget.





Find out more about how Combined Heat and Power is working to cut costs and CO2 in the food and drink manufacturing industry by downloading your free eGuide now. 

Cutting costs & CO2 - Why CHP works for the food and drink manufacturing industry

Cutting Costs & CO2 - Why CHP Works for the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry

Topics: Food and Drink Manufacturing

Clare Burns

Clare Burns is a technical marketer with many years’ experience in the energy arena, as well as in fashion, telecoms and education. Fluent in 3 languages, Clare has worked across Europe. She currently works for ENER-G, a UK manufacturer of carbon reducing, energy efficient products exporting its cogeneration technology across the globe.