Apartment Building Managers are Taking Note of CHP for Their Buildings
One of the latest trends we're seeing in power sources for apartment buildings and other residential complexes is CHP: Combined Power & Heating, which is also sometimes called co-generation. Whatever you call it, it means engineering solutions for creating both power and heat sources on-site, which, if properly implemented, can result in significant cost-savings and much greater energy efficiency.
CHP has long been a mainstay of large operations such as hospitals, but as the technology has become more refined, and more miniaturized, it's become viable for the residential sector as well. Unsurprisingly, plenty of apartment managers are jumping onboard.
How Does CHP Work?
A CHP system burns fuel – typically natural gas, biogas and/ or propane through Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (RICE), which in turn drives an alternator to generate electricity. Waste heat is captured and redirected into applications such as water heating, steam generators, hot oil or even cooling.
Who Is CHP Well-Suited For?
CHP would be the most cost-effective solution in any application where there is a continuous need for heat and power for example, universities, health care facilities, industrial applications, dairy farms, green houses, paper mills, waste water treatment plants to name a few.
How CHP enhances system reliability & resiliency?
Combined Heat and Power can help organizations improve the resiliency of their systems and become more self-reliant in the case of disasters. The reliability and redundancy afforded by CHP can provide uninterrupted power and “bumpless transfers” between power sources in order to keep systems online, avoid data loss, and prevent damage to critical equipment.
In most cases, a CHP system has 100% redundant electrical power systems, meaning that if the CHP system fails to produce power, the facility can be fed by either the local utility grid or on-site standby generators.
Partner with GAL Power to provide the most cost effective solutions
With decades providing diesel generators for sale in Ontario, along with rentals and custom solutions, GAL Power can be your partner in creating the perfect power-generation solution for your needs. Contact us today to talk about CHP or any other option in off-grid power.