Commercial Solar Will Never Be The Same – With electricity prices rising, companies are increasingly looking at installing solar PV as a great way of reducing energy bills and cutting carbon emissions.
Is Co-Generation, or Combined Heat and Power (CHP), in Your HVAC Future? – Chances are you’ll be hearing a lot about cogeneration for HVAC use in the years ahead. Cogeneration represents one of the most effective approaches to energy conservation, because it produces two types of energy at once – electric power and thermal energy.
Industrial facilities that require heat or steam for processes were early adopters of cogeneration. More recently, owners and managers of commercial buildings have also discovered that cogeneration can be a cost-effective source of reliable energy as well as heating and cooling, which is the single highest operating expense in a typical building.
CHP is becoming an attractive option to more industries thanks to improved technologies that are more efficient, more reliable and cheaper to maintain than ever before. Integrated CHP systems can increase a building’s overall energy efficiency by 30 to 40 percent. CHP can use a variety of fuels, both fossil – and renewable-based. Because of its efficiency, CHP reduces emissions and improves overall air quality even when powered by fossil-based fuels.
On-site electricity production also reduces the risk of power outages, and minimizes the extra cost charged by utilities for electricity during peak-use periods.