CHP - Combined Heat and Power

Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Combined Heat and Power (CHP), or co-generation as it is also known, is the process of capturing and using the waste heat produced by the generation of electricity.

Traditional systems can waste as much as 66 per cent of the energy they generate which means that CHP systems have the combined benefits of being more efficient, reducing harmful CO₂ emissions and driving down energy prices.

The ratio of heat and power produced depends on the size of the CHP engine chosen and through careful and detailed analysis of customer needs we recommend the ideal size for the demand. This is one of the most important steps in the process as errors here can have long-term financial ramifications in areas such as operation and maintenance costs and even the life expectancy of the engine.


Business benefits of Combined Heat and Power

CHP can harness the heat which is wasted in traditional power stations, which can bring overall energy savings of up to 40 per cent. For an energy intensive development, this can represent hundreds of thousands of pounds in savings each year, especially when combined with other energy efficiency measures.

Gas-fired CHP is a sustainable way of generating electricity which can be sold back to the National Grid or fed into a private wire network to supply homes and commercial buildings. Vital Energi has been designing and installing CHP community energy schemes for nearly 15 years.

The use of CHP in a community energy scheme helps facilitate planning permissions, meet the requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes and can also be a key element of an organisations carbon management and reduction strategy.


Environmental benefits

Combined Heat and Power has been widely recognised as a key measure in helping to reduce harmful CO emissions, with some schemes, such as the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, reducing their emissions by 50 per cent.

In addition to saving money for businesses Vital Energi has worked on a number of successful CHP projects which have significantly reduced residents’ fuel bills.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change describe Combined Heat and Power as “proven and reliable” and state that the technology “has a vital role in helping to meet the UK's targets on reducing carbon emissions.”