Small CHP – beautiful savings?

Businesss and public sector organisations such as care homes and leisure centres have saved thousands of pounds on their energy bills by installing small-scale combined heat and power (CHP) plants. […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Businesss and public sector organisations such as care homes and leisure centres have saved thousands of pounds on their energy bills by installing small-scale combined heat and power (CHP) plants.

A new animated video ‘Small is Beautiful’ launched today highlights how organisations like the the London Fire Brigade, Center Parcs and Rotherham Hospital are saving money on their gas and electricity bills by generating their heat and power locally as well as cutting emissions.

It comes as the Association for Decentralised Energy’s (ADE) research shows the small-scale CHP sector is installing 400 units every year – equivalent to 100MW of new capacity.

Pictures: ADE

CHP generates electricity while also capturing usable heat that is produced in the process in contrast with conventiontal ways of generating electricity where vast amounts of heat is simply wasted.

Another ADE report published earlier this year found businesses are becoming increasingly more energy efficient “but no one sees this happening”.