When Does Smaller Scale Cogeneration Make Sense?
Cogeneration or combined heat and power (CHP) can provide cost-effective power, heating, and cooling, reduced emissions, lower costs, and energy surety—under the right conditions. But how do we know whether CHP might be a good fit for residences, commercial buildings and multifamily housing relative to large facilities, campuses and urban districts? Can existing central utility plants be upgraded to cogeneration? Is third party financing, ownership and operation an option? This presentation offers the perspective of experienced CHP designers and installers who will provide an overview of smaller-scale CHP technologies and applications, describe the elements of feasibility assessment for CHP in new construction and retrofits, and offer examples of installations and business models for various scales of CHP installations.
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