A CHP unit uses fuel in the form of Natural Gas or Renewable gas, to fire an Internal Combustion Engine, connected to an Alternator which generates electricity. The electricity generated can vary massively depending on the installation, it’s not uncommon to see units as small as 30kW or as large as 2.5MW.
As well as the electrically produced energy a CHP is capable of capturing the heat generated from combustion in a hot water system. The heat generated by an exhaust, which is typically lost, can be in excess of 500 °C. Our CHP installations utilise a secondary water system to transfer that through Heat Exchangers ready to be delivered to your services and infrastructure. Typically, this system can produce deliverable Hot Water at a temperature of around 70-90°C, in some instances completely negating your need for secondary heat sources.
CHPs have the ability to convert over 90% of their produced energy into either Usable Thermal Energy or Usable Electrical Energy.