The Cogeneration Unit produces a portion of the heat needed, which is then supplemented with thermal energy from, for example, the steam generator to meet the customer's requirements. Due to constant and high heat and power consumption during the year, economic savings are huge. Independence from external contractors also ensures operational continuity in case of black-out.
Properly designed cogeneration unit, even if companies do not have stable year-round heat consumption, delivers to customers considerable savings even during eight months in cooler seasons when heat is needed for heating and DHW heating. Economic savings in such a mode can range up to millions of crowns a year depending on the size of the operation
In food production there is a high consumption of technological heat. Along with this, the production requires electricity consumption as well and for this reason the cogeneration units are an appropriate way to reduce the costs of these plants while reducing the emission footprint of the products.
With the animal waste they generate, it is possible to produce biogas directly at the place of production thanks to anaerobic digestion. Companies using biogas cogeneration units can thus ensure energy autonomy and significantly improve the efficiency of the company. In addition, all energy is produced in an environmentally ecological way.
Cogeneration units are also a good source of energy for apartment buildings, housing estates, villages and urban areas. Heat consumption is generally unstable during the year and increases during the heating season. As a rule, cogeneration units are so designed that the heat produced is sufficient to cover the off-peak season, that means, at a level of 25-35% of the maximum required power. The so-called peak heat is then supplied from other sources such as gas boilers, heat pumps and others. Such a configuration allows the user to use the cogeneration unit efficiently and reach relevant economic savings.
Accommodation facilities with a capacity of about 50 beds or more, generally have a sufficient heat demand for heating in the heating season, and in summer they consume cooling for air conditioning and there is a constant consumption of DHW all year round. Also, the need for electricity is, especially for large accommodation facilities, relatively important and cogeneration units can reduce the cost of these energies sharply. The advantage in terms of balancing energy consumption is also the fact that the hotels have their own laundries, rollers wringers, wellness centres or restaurants.
Hospitals have high electrical energy consumption. In addition, the need is uniform throughout the day and year. During the summer season, it is also necessary to cool some units in the form of air conditioning - this can be done by installing a trigeneration - a cogeneration unit connected to an absorption unit. In hospitals, there is more than anywhere else the need for a continuous supply and high quality of electricity, and therefore the great advantage of the cogeneration unit which is equipped with a synchronous generator allowing the production of electricity in island mode in case of black out.
The demand for electricity and heat is relatively stable throughout the year. Heat energy is needed to heat water in the pool, showers, for space heating including saunas and whirlpools. Electricity is used for lighting, pump operation and non-technical services. These sites are often subsidized by municipal budgets, and therefore the installation of the cogeneration unit can be a help for municipal budgets, but also for all other operators of these facilities. Correctly designed cogeneration units can save up to tens of percent.
These types of sites have an important electricity consumption throughout the year. At the same time, the heating costs during the heating season and cooling during the rest of the seasons, are high. As a rule, heat and cold distribution are already built-in and therefore, in the case of the installation of the cogeneration unit, only minimal cost of space adjustment is required. These factors place business and administrative centres as the most suitable locations for the installation of the cogeneration unit. By installing CHP UNIT, these sites gain competitive advantage through the lowest possible energy costs and become more attractive to tenants.