THE CURRENT SITUATION
The majority of conventional power plants do not convert all of their
thermal energy into electricity, sadly much of the thermal energy left
after power generation is not usable to produce more electricity in a
cost effective way. But this waste heat can be applied in other
processes, such as heating and cooling networks which do not require
high temperature inputs. This process is known as Cogeneration or
combined heat and power (CHP) and rely on the use of a heat engine or
power station to simultaneously generate electricity and useful heat.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory suggests the implementation of
these systems could reduce energy consumption by more than 20%
throughout the world.
Global Gateways uses an efficient thermal energy recovery system at our power plants.
Recovered thermal energy will be used for the following:
- Input energy for the cooling network
- Input energy for the heating network
heating and cooling network services customers in a closed system with
return lines to the Combined Heat & Power facility (CHP facility).
By leveraging the benefits of thermal recovery, our plants produce
renewable energy with a carbon negative emission balance maximizing