CHP: Is it a Means to Enhance Grid Reliability and Promote Energy Sustainability?

By District Energy posted 07-26-2017 16:23


Anthony J. Cirillo, Power Engineering
July 12, 2017


Using a single primary fuel, combined heat and power (CHP) projects, often referred to as cogeneration projects, have been stalwart, self-serving suppliers of electricity and another thermal energy form to manufacturing industries for over a century. Owing to the immaturity of the electric power grid, early industrial CHP projects were often borne out of necessity rather than a drive toward energy efficiency. Throughout nearly two thirds of the 20th century, much of heavy industry remained vertically integrated and maintained control of key manufacturing inputs, including heat and power, within its fence line. Over this same period and beyond the fence line, the electric power grid expanded and evolved to form the backbone of today's transmission system-one now referred to as aged, outdated, and of marginal reliability.

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