Syngas…a clean, green solution for MW scale CHP

Whilst it burns with a blue flame, syngas’ credentials are quite definitely green. This synthesis gas, produced by applying a thermal process to biomass or combustible waste-derived materials, is a hydrogen-rich gas which, although unsuitable for exporting directly to the gas network, makes an exceptional fuel to power traditional reciprocating engines, generating both heat and […]

Making your own power…what’s the recipe?

Whether your business buys its power from the grid or has its own gas or oil-fired CHP system, the price you actually pay for heat and electricity will depend upon various matters outside of your control… the vagaries of fuel prices, the method of generation, the state and capacity of your local network, as well […]

UK-based CHP supplier bought by joint venture

The acquisition is expected to help promote low carbon growth in Europe and Asia and transform the CHP market in India

Just over an acre of land…how much energy can we produce?

With just about enough space for a football pitch, or a few tennis courts, surely your expectations would be limited if you were embarking upon a project to build a sizeable power station? Even more so for a renewable energy plant, fed by waste wood or processed waste, where bulk storage of the feedstock is […]

Centrica pumps out 3,000th CHP unit

Centrica Business Solutions has started production of its 3,000th combined heat and power (CHP) unit. The low carbon energy generator has been designed and delivered in the firm’s global engineering and manufacturing base in Salford, Manchester. This particular CHP unit produces 50kW of power while keeping nitrogen oxide emissions to a minimum – it has […]

US announces $25m for CHP funding

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced nearly $25 million (£18.6m) of funding for combined heat and power (CHP) technologies. The money will be distributed amongst eight organisations, which include the Centre for Sustainable Energy in San Diego, Pace University in New York and Washington State University, to further the installation of the cost-effective, […]

Modular and scalable CHP from waste-derived fuel

Refgas’ CHP plant in Royal Wootton Bassett (pictured) uses low grade wood from construction and demolition waste to generate both heat and electricity. The surprising thing is the plant’s modest footprint, compared to its generating capacity. The whole development, including feedstock storage, gasification, engines/generator sets, biochar management, water treatment and control centre is neatly laid […]

CHP heals hospitals’ energy bills by £7,500 a day

The Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust has reduced its energy costs by nearly £7,500 a day. It follows the installation of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, with the hospitals seeing an energy spend reduction of more than £231,000 in the first month’s full service of the CHP. Vital Energi replaced old […]

Collaborate to generate… Your own CHP plant fed with waste-derived feedstock

Capital costs coupled with technical and legislative hurdles often kill projects at an early stage, following the initial enthusiasm from stakeholders to establish their very own renewable energy plants. Planning, permits, grid connection issues, offtake agreements, etc. compound to make, what initially sounded like a great idea into a potential nightmare, with a never-ending list […]

CHP units score full marks at UK university

The University of East Anglia (UEA) is expecting to achieve major carbon savings after installing two new combined heat and power (CHP) units from Veolia. The resource management firm has signed a 10-year contract to deliver secure, low carbon energy supplies. The 4MW CHP units replace older models and are expected to help the university reduce […]