HOW DOES CHP WORK?
YANMAR’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system uses an internal combustion engine, powered by clean natural gas, to produce both heat and electric power. Because of this high-powered energy collaboration, energy costs are reduced by 20-50%.
CHP applications involve the recovery of wasted engine heat to produce excess thermal energy and electricity. The average efficiency of fossil-fueled power plants in the United States is 33%, compared with YANMAR’s 88% efficiency. Most power produced by traditional fossil fueled plants is wasted in the form of heat discharged into the atmosphere. With YANMAR CHP technology, the heat that is normally lost in the engine’s exhaust system is recovered to provide a useable commodity. The retained excess heat can therefore be used to create hot water for laundry or dish washing, or for space heating, cooling and dehumidification.
It is by combusting natural gas to generate electricity and recover wasted heat that YANMAR’s CHP system is-able-to achieve that 88% total system efficiency. This high efficiency percentage can then be used for its intended purpose –to provide heat and electric power to buildings and other infrastructure.
CHP technology can be used in almost every state, though the technology is mainly found in areas with high concentrations of commercial activity, high electricity prices and energy policies that favor Combined Heat and Power. CHP is ideally suited for facilities that have a high demand for heat (a high thermal load) and in areas where electricity costs more than $0.10 per kilowatt-hour.
However, even in less-urban areas where power loss is a greater concern, there are no worries with YANMAR’s CHP technology. Because even in the case of electricity loss, our machines are black start capable – without access to a power grid they switch seamlessly to natural gas and provide their own power. Who needs a grid with all that power already right at your fingertips?
With YANMAR CHP’s blackout start option, you can ensure your heat and electricity remain uninterrupted even during a blackout. High efficiency inverters convert YANMAR CHP’s generated electrical output into DC voltage and frequency with built-in protection and a synchronization device required for grid interconnections.
As electric prices continue to increase, you can benefit from significant utility bill cost savings by switching to abundant natural gas or propane.
Gives you options
By using a YANMAR CHP system as your primary power source, you are no longer solely reliant on the grid for your company’s viability or personal comfort. You now have the option to have power when the grid fails or in remote areas not currently served.
By using energy efficiently, your carbon footprint can be reduced by as much as 50% over conventional means. According to U.S. EPA CHP Partnership calculations, a YANMAR 10kW CHP heat and power system can reduce enough greenhouse gases to offset the carbon footprint of seven cars on U.S. roads.
YANMAR CHP Units are reliably quiet.
- 54dB(A) CP5WN
- 56dB(A) CP10WN
- 64dB(A) CP35D1
Easy to Install
YANMAR’s comprehensive technical training curriculum develops certified technicians prepared in all phases of design, installation, commissioning and service.
By utilizing a highly efficient engine and capturing nearly all of the remaining energy as heat, the heat and power producing YANMAR CHP system can be up to 2.6 times as efficient as your current centralized power.
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