Combined Heat and Power

Combined heat and power (CHP) is an innovative solution to modern energy needs. It improves the efficiency of generating electricity, can be used at various scales from household to neighbourhood, and reduces emissions of carbon dioxide.

Also known as co-generation in Europe, or total energy in the United States, the basic features of a CHP plant are the "prime mover", such as a reciprocating engine or gas turbine which drive electricity generators, connected to a heat recovery unit where the steam or hot water generated in the process can be used for space heating or utilised in industrial processes.

Key features of Good Quality CHP include:

  • Variety of scales, can be used for industrial purposes 
  • Exemption from Climate Change Levy
  • Improved efficiency
  • Reduced carbon dioxide emissions
  • Good return on investment
  • Potential to export electricity
  • Connected to district heating, CHP can provide heat, power and coolth at greatly reduced cost

We believe CHP has great potential in the UK and beyond. Part of it's potential lies in the fact that it can be future-proofed. Currently, gas-fired CHP is most feasible, however when biomass and waste incineration technologies become more effective, CHP can be converted to utilise them.