WHAT IS COGENERATION?
Cogeneration is the tandem generation of electricity and some form of useful thermal energy. Also known as
Combined Heat & Power (CHP), it provides a continuous stream of electricity and hot water.
By controlling their energy needs, businesses will realize:
- substantially reduced energy costs of heat and electricity
- improved power quality
HOW IT WORKS
Cogeneration is the production of two or more forms of energy from a single fuel source. In the case of MicroGen
units, electricity and heating are the energy products produced from a single fuel source such as #2 oil, biodiesel, or other renewable fuels. Since both the electricity and thermal energy are applied to meeting
a facility's energy requirements, efficiencies far in excess of utility-provided power can be obtained, making cogeneration a more efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly source of power.
Existing systems can interface with the co-generation unit, utilizing waste heat for
heating. Existing systems can run independently from the co-generation unit providing protection from failures.
Cogeneration is a well-proven technology. Its long-term future in the global energy markets is secured by its
ability to provide a multitude of operational, environmental and financial benefits. In the current economic climate, now is the ideal time to invest in cogeneration.
MicroGen cogeneration units offer the best of both worlds. Cogeneration handles the base load and the
electrical utility covers the rest, providing:
- Best economics
The co-generation system runs at maximum efficiency with a consistent load. The utility makes up any
transient need above the baseline.
- Improved reliability
By running in parallel, the co-generation system and the utility grid back each other up. Your business is
protected from failures of the co-generation system by the utility company.
Being able to count on your power is critical to today's businesses. Our cogeneration units are designed to
deliver continuous-duty prime power. Utilizing industrial engines with proven technologies, our units are inherently reliable and low maintenance. Our onboard, proprietary microprocessor control system constantly
monitors all performance parameters, making real-time adjustments for operating conditions and calling home in the event of any discrepancy.
Efficiency is critical for economical cogeneration performance. Our reciprocating engines have proven to have
industry-leading efficiencies and our 1800-rpm (1500-rpm for 50 Hz) electrical AC generators convert nearly every single horsepower into usable kilowatts. An extensive use of heat recovery ensures that overall
cogeneration efficiency is maximized, with total efficiencies up to and over 90%.