SourceOne has completed over 200 Combined Heat and Power (CHP) studies and developed approximately 100 megawatts (MW) of CHP as an owner’s representative. We leverage our CHP expertise to help clients meet their financial, reliability, and sustainability goals.
Traditionally thermal energy (heating and cooling) and electricity have been produced separately in boilers and power plants, respectively. However, conventional power generation converts only 25-35 percent of fuel into useful energy and the majority is wasted. Combined Heat and Power (CHP), also called cogeneration, simultaneously generates power and thermal energy by recycling the captured heat from the electricity production into useful thermal energy. As a result, CHP technology converts up to 85 percent of fuel into useful energy and consumes 40 percent less fossil fuel than traditional technologies. By delivering a localized, uninterrupted and efficient energy supply, CHP reduces fuel requirements, avoids greenhouse gas emissions, saves money and reduces exposure to market fluctuations and severe weather.
SourceOne offers holistic CHP expertise
Analysis and development of CHP technology is one of SourceOne’s core business focuses. By approaching each project from the owner’s perspective, we develop unique solutions to meet the specific needs of our clients. SourceOne has served as an independent owner’s representative, leading clients through the complete CHP plant development process. This process starts with the feasibility study, goes through the schematic design development, construction and the acquisition of utility incentives, and ends with testing and commissioning. SourceOne has years of experience commissioning world class facilities; including CHP plants. By engaging early in the project, SourceOne commissioning experts can mitigate and resolve potential errors before they result in costly change orders and delays.
CHP plant design and optimization
Successful design of a CHP system requires a combination of engineering, construction logistics, and load analysis skills. The design of the CHP plant needs to meet the client’s technical and economic goals, optimize performance and take into account every aspect of the facilities that the plant will service. As a vendor and technology neutral firm, SourceOne presents engineering and equipment recommendations based on our expertise and the client’s anticipated loads. Proper sizing and selection of equipment, namely prime movers, heat recovery equipment, and plant auxiliaries, requires modeling against the facility load profiles and is essential to a viable CHP implementation.
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Case studies & Press releases
Articles authored by or featuring SourceOne
- “Finally, Growth Re-Ignites in the Industrial, Commercial & Institutional CHP Market,” Climate Change Business Journal, Volume VI, No. 11, November 2013.
- “Combined Heat and Power Evaluation, Step by Step,” Energy Manager Today, November 5, 2013.
- SourceOne achieves $2.3 million in incentives for Lahey Clinic, paving the way for a new CHP plant, Medical Construction and Design, July/August 2013.
- “Massachusetts portfolio programme backs CHP,” Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production, Volume 13, Issue 6, Nov 28, 2012.
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