CHP is energy efficient technology that generates electric power and captures the heat that would otherwise be wasted to provide useful thermal energy—such as steam or hot water that can be used for space heating, cooling, domestic hot water and industrial processes.
Cat gas generator sets can simultaneously provide electricity for electrical loads and heat energy for a facility's thermal requirements. Any Cat natural gas-fuelled engine can be configured specifically for applications involving heat recovery.
Nearly two-thirds of the energy used by conventional electricity generation is wasted in the form of heat discharged to the atmosphere. Additional energy is wasted during the distribution of electricity to end users. By capturing and using heat that would otherwise be wasted, and by avoiding distribution losses, CHP can achieve efficiencies of over 80 percent, compared to 50 percent for typical technologies (i.e., conventional electricity generation and an on-site boiler).
One of the byproducts of brewing beer is wastewater rich in biodegradable materials. Bell’s Brewery had been examining alternatives for turning its wastewater byproduct into energy, commissioning a bioenergy facility that includes three anaerobic digesters to convert biodegradable contents of the wastewater into methane-rich biogas to power a Cat® G3406 generator set as part of a cogeneration system.Learn More
A new cogeneration facility anchored by three Cat® gas generator sets is the latest in a series of major sustainability initiatives undertaken by Snowbird, a premier ski resort and alpine destination in Utah.Learn More
As part of an energy-savings initiative, Saint Peter’s University Hospital installed a 2 MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant powered by a Cat® G3516H natural gas-fueled generator set, which allows the hospital to remain fully operational during a grid power outage. By running the CHP plant continuously, Saint Peter’s saves approximately $200,000 to $300,000 in annual energy costs.Learn More
Based in Kosów Lacki, Poland, the Zakrzewscy Meat Processing Plant sought a new energy source after electricity prices on the Polish energy market skyrocketed. Working with local Cat® dealer Eneria Cat, Zakrzewscy installed a Cat generator set and combined heat and power system to insulate the plant from unstable utility costs.Learn More
The orchid expansion led JMP to invest in a new high-efficiency cogeneration unit, which guarantees continuous lighting and air temperature regulation in the greenhouse.Learn More