Combined heat and power system
Similar term(s): CHP, cogeneration.
Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as
cogeneration, is the simultaneous production of electricity and
heat from a single fuel source, such as: natural gas, biomass, biogas, coal,
waste heat, or oil.
Source: U.S. EPA, Combined Heat and Power,
Combined heat and power is highly efficient for both large-scale industrial
and residential use.
Conventional power generation leads to energy losses in the form of surplus
heat released to the environment. Combined heat and power generation
technologies capture this heat and can harness as much as 80% of the total
available energy from the fuel.
Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC)