Technological Breakthrough: Improving Carbon Savings Through CHP


Combined heat and power (CHP) has changed the face of energy generation for the better. Instead of the old, outmoded, and inefficient process (which can waste as much as two-thirds of total energy generated), CHP utilizes the energy that’s squandered through heat in normal generators.

When creating energy, one single CHP unit can reach efficiency heights of as much as 90%. Of course, when efficiency increases, so do your cost savings and environmental performance. When you can generate electricity in-house with CHP, you no longer lose the valuable 7% of your total energy through transporting the resource from the National Grid.

Streamlining CHP For The Future

Many large companies choose to generate their energy on-site, because it’s more cost-effective. Due to advances in CHP technology, large corporations, such as Tesco, have benefited from units that are quieter, 40% smaller in size, and 3.5 tonnes lighter. These pint-sized energy generators are now easier than ever to store and create efficient energy. If that wasn’t enough, they’ve also been weatherproofed and soundproofed!

The process for creating these advanced CHP units involves tricky wire management to downsize the units. However, the product is now more energy-efficient than ever to manufacture, which makes CHP technology even more environmentally-friendly.

The units have gone down a treat with Tesco, who have installed this new CHP product in 27 stores. Initially, Tesco commissioned the project, and the new wonder-machines were ready-to-go in less than six months! That’s a quick turnaround.

CHP is now easier than ever to install at your business premises. The new, lightweight model required far less shipping costs and has fantastic export potential. Installation is quick and simple, so companies working to tight deadlines can have the technology up and running before opening time.

Tesco has sung the praises of their new CHP units and interest has emerged from across a wide variety of sectors, from leisure to industrial. As the energy savings are so effective, CHP is set to take off in a big way. It makes perfect business sense to integrate this system, so why wouldn’t energy cogeneration technology become exceptionally popular?

How This Will Impact Businesses

With environmental concerns on everyone’s minds, customers are calling for corporations to become more socially responsible. It has been proven that going green can considerably improve a company’s profit margin, through attracting customers and saving on energy expenditure.

To remain competitive, establish environmentally-friendly practices within the premises. Reducing overhead costs is essential to running your company well. If you can use a more efficient and socially responsible means of generating electricity, what’s holding you back? Businesses that stick with outmoded models will find that they lose their competitive edge against those who embrace technological advancements.

CHP doesn’t have to be a bank-breaker. Many energy companies will allow you to pay off the cost of the technology through the savings you make on the product. This means no heavy, upfront costs and a risk-free investment in efficient CHP units.

Article by D. Burke, appearing courtesy of Ener-G Group

About Author

Walter’s contributions to CleanTechies over the past 4 years have been instrumental in growing the publications social media channels via his ongoing editorial and data driven strategies. He is the founder and managing director of Sunflower Tax, a renewable energy tax and finance consultancy based in San Diego, California. Active in the San Diego clean technology community, participating in events sponsored by CleanTech San Diego, EcoTopics, and Cleantech Open San Diego, Walter has also been a presenter at numerous California Center for Sustainability (CCSE) programs. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law where he teaches a course on energy taxation and policy.

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