Which UK Industries Are Benefiting from CHP?

Posted by Clare Burns on 13-Jan-2015 10:00:00

UK industries are showing a growing interest in the benefits of CHP - find out why

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The noughties produced a steady annual growth in terms of CHP capacity in the UK, coupled with a constant number of units installed. The latest figures in DUKES 2014, show that, for the period 2009 to 2013, there has been a 50% growth in both generated capacity and the total number of schemes for small-scale CHP (less than 1 MWe).

One of the key drivers behind this has been the government’s policy to help industries, businesses and the public sector reduce their energy consumption and meet the target of 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, by using energy more efficiently and adopting low-carbon technologies such as CHP across the UK.

 

What can CHP do?

CHP is the reliable on-site generation of electrical and heat energy in a single process, which is almost twice as efficient as conventional energy generation and provides a greater security of supply.

Selecting the right size CHP for a site ensures classification as ‘good quality’ CHP, compliance with incentives to reduce emissions and the funding benefits available.

 

How can UK industries benefit from CHP?

Using CHP will help organisations:

  • Save on energy costs.
  • Acquire reliable and secure energy supplies.
  • Reduce emissions and their carbon footprint.  
  • Promote investment in new jobs and businesses.

 

Which industries are already benefiting?

CHP provides all sites with energy efficient cogeneration - supplying electricity and heating/hot water. On trigeneration schemes, chilled water/cooling is additionally produced.

 

Manufacturing:

Energy-intensive production processes operate 24/7, with large energy demands. CHP meets the demands of the manufacturing industry in the following ways:

  • On-site generation provides security of supply during power outages.
  • System downtime is reduced.
  • Older steam systems can be ‘de-steamed’ or replaced.
  • Maintenance backlog is reduced.
  • CO2 is captured from exhaust gases and can be process cleaned for use in bottling plants.

 

Pharmaceuticals:

Production plants operate 24/7, needing reliable energy. CHP offers security of supply with on-site generation, and steam can be provided by utilising the heat energy from the CHP exhaust gases.

 

Leisure:

Leisure centres and hotels with large energy demands are especially suited to CHP, due to a continuous demand for heating and hot water. It is especially beneficial to sites with swimming pools.

 

Retailers:

CHP will provide heat energy for space heating and cooling for supermarkets and distribution centres. The electrical output can be used for lighting and for refrigeration plant.

 

Public sector:

CHP can provide public sector buildings with:

  • Reliable energy 24/7.
  • Existing steam systems can be replaced or upgraded.
  • New systems will reduce maintenance backlog.
  • Increased system efficiencies, if installed with other demand side energy saving measures.

 

Mixed Use:

Local community heating schemes, residential centres and large offices run efficiently on CHP, where electrical and heat output is distributed to sites within a local vicinity.

 

CHP specification

In order to specify CHP to have maximum efficiency, there are essential factors that you need to consider:

  • Optimised CHP sizing requires accurate assessment of energy data.
  • Successful CHP integration depends on good site installation design.
  • Compliance with emissions legislation influences project funding and CHP feasibility.

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Topics: CHP / Cogeneration

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.