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Understanding the effectiveness of cogeneration

It’s not all that often an organisation will stop to think about the effectiveness of new energy solutions. After all, running a business means there’s little time to fix what isn’t broken.

But what if, by implementing new and more efficient energy technologies, an organisation could easily cut down on energy costs and, at the same time, reduce carbon emissions? For one, the organisation would certainly benefit from a public relations perspective. One of the most capable systems available is that of cogeneration.

Power outages will cease to be much of an issue for businesses.

By using this innovative waste heat system, organisations can access one of the best energy conservation technologies available. Furthermore, adopters gain access to a number of other benefits.

Combined heat and power

A modern cogeneration system is really quite simple. Essentially, it’s a unit that captures waste heat from an energy generation system and, instead of simply dispersing it, uses the heat for any number of applications. For example, this heat could be used for process heating, water heating or even simply warming the interior of a particular building.

But where does this system actually get the waste heat in the first place? This is where the ‘co’ in cogeneration comes into effect.

Organisations first move energy generation on site, ideally using a capable microturbine system. This power generation system creates steam (waste heat) which can then be captured. As organisations are now using the waste heat, they can see reduced energy bills and significant carbon emission reductions.

Together, this is known as a combined heat and power (CHP) system.

So, aside from environmental advantages and reduced energy bills, what are some of the benefits? There’s one that’s sure to prove a boon for every organisation – power security.

Once energy generation has been relocated to an on-site location, power outages will cease to be much of an issue for businesses.

Cogeneration can prove an extremely useful power option.Cogeneration can prove an extremely useful power option.

A range of solutions

Optimal Group offers a number of microturbine systems that can prove a boon for cogeneration. Below are several of the key Capstone products suitable when focusing on power security.

Capstone C65 & C65 ICHP MicroTurbine:

This is a natural gas system that’s designed to achieve ultra-low emissions as well as reliable energy generation by using natural gas. From the ground up, it’s also a unit designed with reliability in mind. There is only one moving part within the turbine, along with patented air bearing technology, which negates the need for lubricating oils or coolants. The small and modular design also makes it suitable for organisations with tight size requirements.

C200 HP MicroTurbine:

Another natural gas turbine, this system is capable of producing a significant 200 kilowatts of clean, green power. What’s more, the significant generation capacity ensures it’s a suitable option for a number of organisations. As with the C65 units noted above, this system also features just one moving component and patented air bearing. The result? Little need for expensive maintenance or ongoing repairs.

Remote monitoring capabilities are another useful technology here, allowing staff to assess the current state of the turbine with ease.

C1000 MicroTubine:

Lastly, there’s the C1000 unit, capable of a flexible range of power from 20 kW to 1 Megawatts from five independent 200 kW modules, a complete power solution with all on-board controls and switchgear.

To learn more about cogeneration and other ways of improving energy security within an organisation, it’s a good idea to speak to the experts today.