Combined heat and power (CHP) systems simply capture and utilize excess heat generated during the production of electric power. CHP systems offer economic, environmental and reliability-related advantages compared to power generation facilities that produce only electricity. Distributed power generation systems, which are frequently located near thermal loads, are particularly well suited for CHP applications.
Combined Heat and Power Overview
Several kW - 25 MW
Depends on the DER technology
Reduces the use of excess fuel to produce heat.
Selected systems commercially available.
Market segments for CHP systems include:
Large and Medium Industrial Systems – greater than 25 MW (outside DER range of 3-10,000 kW)
Small industrial system – 50 kW to 25 MW
Smaller commercial and institutional systems – 25 kW+