CHP & Energy Recovery

According to a report done by Energetics Incorporated for the DOE in November 2004 and several others done by the European commission, around 66% of energy production is lost to the atmosphere

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.

Positive Impact

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

The 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 energy efficiency.

 

 

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