Combined Heat & Power Overview
Combined Heat & Power (CHP) is truly a way to get “two for the price of one”. CHP is also sometimes referred to as electrical or mechanical cogeneration. With CHP, you can make the electricity or cooling power that you need, plus capture much of the thermal energy that is normally lost during the energy conversion into power. With CHP, the “waste” thermal energy gets captured and put to good use on site, for heating water or building spaces. A normally very energy intensive task (heating) is now accomplished at no additional cost to the customer or environment. This double-duty translates into significant energy and cost savings for the customer, as well as proportional decreases in carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. With CHP, you get the electricity and heat that your building needs (or, alternatively, the chilled water and heat), for a lot less input energy and money than if you procured them separately, the conventional and inefficient way.
Tecogen offers three types of CHP systems to suit your facility’s particular application requirements:
- TECOGEN – With a Tecogen cogeneration system, you get both electricity and heat for your building, from a single fuel source, resulting in dramatic savings on your energy bills. The engine’s mechanical energy is used to drive a generator that makes electricity, while at the same time the engine’s free waste heat gets recovered to satisfy building heating needs. This is sometimes referred to as “electrical” cogeneration.
- TECOCHILL – With a TECOCHILL chiller system, you get both chilling and heat for your building, from a single fuel source, resulting in dramatic savings on your energy bills. The engine’s mechanical energy is used to drive a compressor that makes chilled water, while the engine’s free waste heat can be recovered to satisfy simultaneous building heating needs. This is sometimes referred to as “mechanical” cogeneration.
- ILIOS High Efficiency Water Heater – Tecogen's majority-owned subsidiary, ILIOS Dynamics, now has it's first new product available! Visit the ILIOS website to learn how heat from the environment combined with heat from engine make this new unit twice as efficient as a conventional boiler.
Tecogen's newest product...
- Emission Retrofit Kits – Tecogen Ultera-low emissions retrofit kits deliver simple, cost-effective and robust solutions for meeting even the most stringent emissions standards. The patented "Ultera" system is available for installation on select rich-burn natural gas engines.
Tecogen would like to help you determine whether one of our systems could deliver substantial benefits to your facility, by providing a free, site-specific economic analysis.