DINA is behind a plant room installation involving a pharmaceutical company based in Ireland. As part of a site expansion a hydrogen-enabled 3.3MWe Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant powered by a single MWM gas engine will be installed. Once in commercial operation, the CHP plant will deliver financial and carbon savings whilst maintaining energy resilience and offering power flexibility. As a recognised CHP supplier and total solutions partner, EDINA manages the end-to-end delivery of CHP plant from design, engineering, installation, commissioning, and ongoing asset-care requirements, helping reduce risk, interfacing and ambiguity - all from one point of contact.
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) or Cogeneration (Cogen) is a well-established technology that simultaneously generates electricity and heat from a fuel input. Cogeneration can save up to 30% on primary energy costs when compared to the separate purchase of electricity from the electricity grid and gas for use in on-site boilers. CHP has been used for many years all over the globe across different industries in several forms (steam boilers and steam turbines, gas turbines, steam boilers and steam turbines, reciprocating engines and heat recovery systems). The arrangements selected are generally detected by the available fuel source, market sector and scale.
In the UK following the privatisation of British Gas in 1986 and the dash for gas in the 1990s, CHP in industry grew rapidly with the installation of gas turbines and steam boiler plants, and within the commercial sector and hospitals with the installation of gas engine plant. Today, due to the reduction in plant size and the requirements for greater operational flexibility gas engine CHP has become the leading technology of choice. With the drive towards a sustainability zero carbon economy all the major manufactures have biogas and biomethane green gas engine variants and are future proofing their technology to use hydrogen (mixed or pure).
CHP is a proven technology and can deliver generation efficiencies up to 95% utilising low carbon natural gas as a fuel source. As the gas grids become green, the carbon signature of CHP will reduce. However, CHP can use zero-carbon fuels directly to deliver zero or a negative carbon position. When businesses are planning the building of new facilities or improvements to existing, they should always consider CHP or Trigeneration, known also as Combined Cooling Heat and Power (CCHP). CHP can play a valuable role to support business to deliver a sustainable, secure, and flexible energy solution.