4CleanTech's preferred green energy generators are Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units.
During the process of electricity generation, heat is commonly produced as a byproduct. This heat is typically wasted during conventional processes, making them rather inefficient. Unlike traditional methods, a CHP plant captures this heat so that it can be employed for a range of different purposes, including cooling and absorption refrigeration. Simultaneously, the CHP also produces electricity. CHP units are therefore 40%-50% more efficient than traditional power stations and make significantly better use of the fuel utilised.
Benefits of a CHP
There are several financial benefits when operating a CHP unit. Firstly, for the cost of one fuel input, two sources of energy are generated: electricity and heat. The method of cogeneration is also significantly lower in price than traditional energy importations from the grid while any excess can be sold back to the grid. On average, a CHP's efficiency ranges between 75%- 90% and is therefore up to 40% more efficient than a power station. Unlike traditional power stations, CHP's can also be decentralised and located exactly where they are needed. This further reduces costs by approximately 5%-6%.
From an environmental point of view, there are fewer carbon emissions with maximum energy savings as cogeneration only requires a single plant instead of two. If heat and electricity are produced separately, carbon emissions are increased by approximately 30%.
4 CleanTech can tailor-make a solution to suit any location and offer operation and maintenance services that guarantee a high performance.