Cogeneration and trigeneration (also called CHP - Combined Heat and Power - and CCHP – Combined Cooling Heat and Power) help recover and minimize thermal waste and produce electricity in a cost-efficient way. Cogeneration is a form of power generation that uses a single source to produce useful heat and electricity. In addition to electricity, trigeneration system utilizes waste heat from internal combustion engines to generate cooling and heating energy. In essence, the heat generated through cogeneration is transformed to produce hot and/or cold water for various end users such as: industrial facilities (food processing, food conservation, pharma, plastic, textile, chemical …) hospitals, hotels, swimming pools and spas, data centers; airports, government facilities, prisons, schools and universities; supermarkets and shopping malls; district heating/cooling.
Benefits for Businesses and Consumers
Cogeneration and Trigeneration offers multiple benefits such as lower greenhouse gas emissions, energy conservation, significant cost reduction, and increased efficiency that gives businesses a competitive edge. Conventional systems require close to 90 percent more fuel to produce the same amount of energy as CHP units. Cogeneration is also a cost-effective solution to move from centralized to decentralized electricity generation to better serve local communities and minimize transmission losses. The fact that some of the load is moved off the electricity grid results in reduced dependency. The co-location of production facilities and the energy system helps minimize distribution and transmission losses thus maximizing efficiency.
Cogeneration and Trigeneration also offers a number of benefits such as improved thermal efficiency, reduced carbon dioxide emissions, costs, and energy consumption, and improved energy efficiency ratings. Another benefit is the fact that electricity usage can be optimized during periods of peak demand. Businesses also benefit from longer service life, lower noise levels, lower maintenance and operating costs, and reduced dependence on the power grid. CHP and CCHP systems also create jobs and contribute to the wellbeing of local communities. In Europe, for instance, over 100.000 employees work in the CHP sector and it is providing around 15% of EU economy heat needs and 11% of its electricity needs.
Cogeneration and Trigeneration for whom?
Combined heat and power units can be used as a power source for rehabilitation centres and retirement homes, relaxation and recreational centres, council housing, and blocks of flats. Trigeneration also has multiple applications and can be used in social care and healthcare facilities, sports facilities and aquaparks, hotels, office buildings, different industries (food, chemical, pharmaceutical, plastic etc.) and other settings.
What Termogamma offers
Our Recovery Energy Cycle or REC+ is an advanced system that helps to significantly reduce the energy costs of large-scale facilities. Big and medium-sized businesses that consume large amounts of electricity are good candidates, especially facilities that are in operation throughout the year and utilize electricity, heating energy and/or cooling at the same time. REC+ can be installed outdoors and indoors on farms to power office buildings, airports, hotels, plants, and other industrial facilities. Based on natural gas trigeneration and cogeneration and equipped with an internal combustion engine, the system can also use biomethane, diesel, biogas, and LPG. The system is designed to simultaneously produce two or more forms of energy such as thermal energy and electricity. Powering facilities in the agricultural, service, and industrial sectors, REC+ offers benefits such as reduced grid dependence, significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, and reduced energy costs.
Cogeneration and trigeneration solutions have become increasingly popular as they do not depend on the availability of feedstock and not on wind and other renewable sources that are unreliable and sporadic in nature. In addition to a secure supply, CHP and CCHP systems help achieve optimal efficiency and reduce the environmental footprint.