When considering green energy, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Most people might say renewable sources such as wind and solar; not a system that runs on natural gas. But that’s what makes Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unique—despite its source, the U.S. Department of Energy recognizes it as part of the green energy solution that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to your facility’s sustainability goals. In this blog, we’ll explain how.
Two Jobs for the Price of One
Comparatively, our CHP systems provide an operational efficiency of 85% by using nearly all natural gas input to produce heat as well as electricity. By generating the electricity onsite, nothing is lost during transmission and distribution. Instead, CHP units capture discharged thermal energy and use it to produce heat for water or steam systems, which would traditionally have to come from a separate boiler or furnace. In this way, it’s accomplishing two jobs with the efficiency of one system.
The proof of these efficiency claims is backed up by our Combined Heat and Power Partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On the EPA website, the organization writes, “because less fuel is burned to produce each unit of energy output and because transmission and distribution losses are avoided, CHP reduces emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants.”
Making Green Energy Affordable
Committing to energy efficiency is a lofty goal for any facility, and the original investment can be a monetary hurdle. We’re committed to making this sustainable solution possible for everyone, which is why we created the Dalkia Aegis Shared Savings Program. Through the program, we design, install, own, maintain and fuel a CHP system at your facility and provide you the produced electricity at a discounted rate. This means your facility receives all the benefits without having to pay the associated upfront costs or operating expenses. You can even buy the system at any time for a decreased cost.
If you’re interested in being a part of the green energy solution with a Combined Heat and Power system, contact us today to learn more.