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Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Definition and Frequently Asked Questions

What is Combined Heat and Power (CHP)? Power independence with up to 80% overall energy efficiency.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) – sometimes called cogeneration or distributed energy -- is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source. CHP is not a single technology but an integrated energy system that can be modified to meet the needs of an end-user.   

Below is a simple high-level schematic of a CHP system.  

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Cogeneration equipment produces power and thermal energy from a common fuel source, generally one that is considered to be a waste product from another process.  

For more information on CHP contact your Union Gas Account Manager.