Today’s CHP market welcomes a diverse range of industries, and it’s for the better
In the past, typically only large industrial establishments considered the adoption of combined heat and power (CHP) systems.
In fact, most of the CHP capacity in use today was installed by large industrial facilities during the late 1980s through the early 2000s, when CHP offered a fiscal advantage for many due to the Public Utility Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA).
But today’s CHP market paints a much different picture. A much broader range of industries, including smaller commercial facilities, are beginning to adopt CHP systems – because it’s beginning to make a lot more sense for them to.
Let’s talk about why that is.
CHP is more economically feasible:
The CHP process is incredibly efficient; redirecting and repurposing the heat produced through power generation that will dramatically cut costs over time. And with a convenient abundance of natural gas availability and supply, this cleaner and dependable fuel source has become a much more viable and preferred option at a considerably lower cost.
CHP installations have been made simpler:
CHP installations used to require customized engineering and design and strictly on-site construction, known as the “design-build” process.
But with the progression of CHP systems and technologies, standardized packaged CHP systems that are engineered and assembled off-site have been produced to eliminate the time, effort and stress involved with design-build practices – making this a much more attractive option for smaller industries now, as well. Not to mention, this standardized approach also reduces the cost of CHP installations for the customer, which might be the most attractive advantage of all – especially for smaller sites.
CHP energy is more reliable:
CHP energy is capable of providing continuous and reliable power supply and protection from grid failures, even in cases where back-up generators that rely on on-site fuel cannot. In general, a CHP unit that runs daily is more reliable during an emergency compared to a backup generator system that only powers up during this time.
The sooner you adopt CHP, the greater the benefit.
It’s a promising time for power generation – as power providers have been listening to the customer’s growing demand for more eco-friendly, cost-efficient and reliable power options.
As Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and CHP becomes more widely available and utilized, smaller commercial establishments are wisely hopping aboard the CHP train and are cutting electricity bill costs, and keeping their operations up and running and safe when the grid fails.
Talk to our Team of Experts at T&T Today
Whether you operate a small or large industrial or commercial facility, now is the time to start thinking about embracing CHP if you haven’t already. The benefits are truly substantial, especially long-term – and our team can help you make the process as assuring and pain-free as possible.