The thermal energy recovered from distributed generators is typically in the form of steam or hot water. This thermal energy can in turn be used to meet thermal demands for the following applications:
Hot water production
Hot air/steam for industrial process heat
Space cooling (requires an absorption chiller)
Dry air generation (with the use of a desiccant)
The form and quantity of recovered thermal energy produced by a CHP system is dependent on both the DG technology and the heat recovery hardware. The table below illustrates the CHP applications applicable to the different DER technologies.