Combined heat & power as an energy source

By Wayne Ward, managing director at Building Services Sustainability & Environmental
Consultancy Ltd

Combined heat and power (CHP), or cogeneration, is a highly efficient process that capitalises on the heat generated as a by-product of the generation of electricity. Coal and gas-fired power stations can often be seen expelling wasted heat energy as clouds of steam from cooling towers. CHP systems exploit the heat energy that would otherwise be wasted in traditional electricity generation, to produce both electricity and heat in a single process.

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