The 3-step journey we take to identifying the CHP system you need
Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems differ from organisation to organisation. Few sites have exactly the same needs, so it’s rare for us to recommend the same system more than once. Failing to adapt to the needs of your site could impact on long-term success and return on investment.
We design and install CHP systems tailored to help you to reduce costs, improve resilience and decarbonise. To do this, we need to find out what your requirements are – and how we can get it right for your site and organisation. So what do we look for when designing your CHP system?
1. Initial technical assessment
The first step in any CHP project is for us to define if it is suitable for your site. Although most organisations will benefit from CHP units, others will not. We’ll also consider the size of the CHP system required for optimum financial and environmental benefits.
An energy audit is essential to identifying the right technologies and capacity. For projects that require retrofitting, we need to obtain accurate electricity and heating consumption data. We’ll need half-hourly readings of your consumption – either you or your energy supplier can provide these, or we can record them using temporary monitoring equipment. We’ll then use this data to create energy profiles and a heat-to-power ratio.
With consumption requirements calculated, we’ll then move on to other environmental considerations.
We’ll keep asking questions until we have a complete understanding of your site and energy requirements.
2. System design considerations
Off-the-shelf CHP systems can be supplied as a complete factory-tested solution – including heat recovery equipment. But more complex deployments, or those requiring integration with existing systems, will require special consideration.
First, we’ll assess the physical constraints of where the CHP will be installed.
We’ll also carefully consider interconnection with other utilities, particularly the primary fuel supply (natural gas, biofuel etc) and the building’s electrical, heating and cooling systems, as well as a connection for remote monitoring.
3. Check permissions and funding
Before making any system recommendations, we’ll check whether the appropriate permissions are in place.
Ultimately, much of your CHP purchasing decision may be decided on price. We’ll provide an accurate project cost, and an estimate of ongoing maintenance costs too. You can then offset this against the longer-term cost savings expected from the new CHP system.
Finally, we’ll outline the benefits and incentives that may be available to your organisation. CHP projects often qualify for funding or tax relief. We’ll make sure our proposal references all schemes applicable to you, and how they are claimed.
The CHP specification process can be complex. But with our support, you’ll soon be ready to purchase a Combined Heat and Power unit that helps you to balance the demands of planet and profit.
Putting it all together
It’s vital that the CHP system we recommend for you meets the needs of your site and organisation. To make sure that your system operates at its full potential, and that it’s safe and compliant, we need to make sure we get the details right.
But with our steps to specifying Combined Heat and Power, we can help you to accelerate your journey to a low-carbon future – tailored to the needs of your organisation. For more information on specifying a CHP system to meet your requirements, contact our team today.
Our 3 essential steps to recommending your perfect CHP solution are:
Aaron Parker is Principal Business Development Manager - Heat and Mechanical Solutions at Centrica Business Solutions. He supports customers across a range of industries - including public sector, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, hotels, leisure and manufacturing - to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions. He has over a decade of experience within business development and two decades within engineering solutions.
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