Global energy needs are on the rise, requiring new and efficient ways of capturing and reusing heat and electricity. Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is used to harness heat from power production for beneficial uses. Boasting a nearly 85-percent efficiency rate, CHP creates heat and electricity at one source. And its benefits don’t stop there. Due to its efficient use of fuel—coal, natural gas, oil, as well as renewable sources, such as biogas and biomass—CHP is environmentally friendly and takes advantage of otherwise-wasted excess heat.
Combined heat and power creates heat and electricity at one source and boasts a nearly 85-percent efficiency rate.
We see CHP as an obvious choice for meeting energy needs and saving future costs, which is why we have been working with Poland’s Department of Power Engineering to put CHP projects in place throughout the country. For example, at Chwalowice coal mine, we decommissioned five inefficient steam boilers and replaced them with two larger, more efficient boilers, each capable of producing 45 megawatts of thermal power. The self-sufficient system burns harvested hard coal to generate electricity and heat for the mine, as well as for the 138,000 people living in the nearby community of Rybnik.
As the owner’s engineer for Energetyka-Rokita, a large chemical factory, we provided consulting and oversight services for a new power generation facility. Proudly meeting Europe’s “best available technology” standards—the new facility reduces dust and emissions, creates flexible operations and recycles production waste. It also provides electricity and heat to the chemical factory and hot water to Brzeg Dolny, a community of 13,000.