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Category: Cogeneration

CHP


CHP a ‘Powerful Combination’ For Plants

Plant Engineering, Jul/Aug 2016, by Roy Palk.
http://www.plantengineering.com/industry-news/electrical-news/single-article/chp-a-powerful-combination-for-plants/446268f173d8772b8d742dfdd394288a.html

"The pressure is on for industrial plants to become radically more energy efficient. The ongoing renaissance in combined heat and power (CHP), also known as cogeneration, is a major reason why."

The Intricacies of Pyrolyzer Furnace Design

Biomass Magazine, August 16, 2016, by Bradley Waites, Pamela Buzzetta and Crystal Bleecher.
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/13482/the-intricacies-of-pyrolyzer-furnace-design

"Designing a pyrolyzer furnace is an intricate process. There’s more to the design than making a carbon steel box, lining the walls with refractory, running some process pipes through it, and heating the pipes with burners. While this may describe the design steps in vague detail, it doesn’t capture the intricacies involved in pyrolyzer furnace design. Knowing what to consider and evaluate can be the difference between success and failure."

Many Industries Use Combined Heat and Power to Improve Energy Efficiency

Energy Collective, Jul 28, 2016.
http://www.theenergycollective.com/todayinenergy/2383773/many-industries-use-combined-heat-and-power-to-improve-energy-efficiency-2

"Combined heat and power (CHP) systems have long been used to reduce the overall energy intensity of industrial systems. There are two types of combined heat and power, depending on whether the system produces power first, then heat, or heat first, then power. In topping cycles, the hot exhaust of an electricity generator such as a natural gas turbine or reciprocating engine is used to provide process heat, hot water, or space heating for the site. According to preliminary 2015 data, topping cycles are used by 89% of total CHP capacity. In bottoming cycles, also referred to as waste heat to power, wasted heat from a furnace or other high-temperature industrial processes is recovered and used for power production."

Duke Energy & Duke University Team on Microgrid-Ready CHP Project

Microgrid Knowledge, May 25, 2016, Elisa Wood.
https://microgridknowledge.com/microgrid-ready-duke/

"Duke Energy has struck a deal to build a microgrid-ready combined heat and power (CHP) project for Duke University. Pending state regulatory approval, the utility giant will own, build and operate the 21-MW plant under a 35-year agreement with the university."

Applying Combined Heat and Power Systems

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, June 2016, by Rodney V. Oathout.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/applying-combined-heat-and-power-systems/6209f622802ca8a577b34246b4fc074a.html

"Cogeneration systems, often referred to as combined heat and power (CHP) systems, generate both electricity and thermal energy. As they become more common in the United States, engineers must understand the nuances and design strategies for successful application."

How CHP Gets Going

On-Site Energy Management, Mar/Apr. 2016, by Tom Bryan.
http://www.onsiteenergymanager.com/articles/4823/how-chp-gets-going

"In regional markets with high spark spreads, assessing the viability of combined heat and power projects begins with a few simple questions about hot water. If the conditions are right, cogen is a good investment with multiple pathways to completion."

New Cogen System Triples Energy Output from Biogas at Oregon WWTP

Biomass Magazine, May 2015, by Katie Fletcher.
http://www.biomassmagazine.com/articles/13229/new-cogen-system-triples-energy-output-from-biogas-at-oregon-wwtp

"On May 4, Clean Water Services, Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Department of Energy formally announced the implementation of a new cogeneration system that converts wastewater and grease into renewable energy. The innovative system, which is part of Clean Water Services Durham Treatment Facility, is the third cogeneration system in Oregon to codigest fats, oils and grease (FOG)."

Data Centers and Ab/Adsorption Chillers

Engineered Systems, Apr. 2016, by Marcia Karr.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97665-data-centers-abadsorption-chillers

"A few circumstances in a data center make it ripe for a CHP design to boost efficiency. Let’s get into the options within both relevant chiller types, why payback may be shorter than expected, and the assorted potential benefits from lower costs to higher reliability. Some tips from an array of manufacturers’ reps round out this useful investigation."

Absorption Chillers For Institutional Occupancies

Engineered Systems, Feb. 2016, by Marcia Karr.
http://www.esmagazine.com/articles/97567-absorption-chillers-for-institutional-occpancies

"It's not necessarily a plug-and-play situation, but these chillers can play key roles and deliver meaningful savings in several scenarios. Waste heat, CCHP, standalone, and even renewable solar as part of the refrigeration cycle can all provide the setting for absorption success."

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Potential in the United States

U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Mar. 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/amo/downloads/new-release-us-doe-analysis-combined-heat-and-power-chp-technical-potential

"This study provides data on the technical potential in industrial facilities and commercial buildings for “topping cycle” CHP, waste heat to power CHP (WHP CHP), and district energy CHP in the U.S. The report provides valuable data on the technical potential for CHP in strategic energy planning and energy efficiency program design. The study shows that within the U.S. there is estimated to be more than 240GW of technical potential at over 291,000 sites. Data is provided nationally by CHP system size range, facility type, and state."
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