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Unlock financial benefits with CHP

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems can enhance efficiency and save you money, as long as they are maintained correctly.

Inefficiently maintained CHP systems can cost you your energy savings and government benefits. Avoid the risk with a CHP maintenance agreement.

Routine maintenance is crucial to extending the lifespan of any piece of equipment. Maintenance ensures that your assets continue to function optimally, allowing you to get the greatest return from your investment.

The same is true of your Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system. There is a real risk of malfunction or loss of performance if regular maintenance is not performed.

CHP systems require up-front investment. This is offset by the promise of even greater savings on energy costs over the long-term. Identifying and correcting issues at the earliest opportunity will help maintain optimal efficiency, and prevent costly downtime while repairs are performed.

CHP preventative maintenance must be properly scheduled and executed to minimise disruption. Preventative maintenance on your CHP system is a project in its own right, with budgets, schedules and dependencies that need to be managed efficiently.

Poor maintenance equals lost benefits

According to a report from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the typical cost of installing a CHP system is between £600 and £1,500 per kWe. Energy cost savings should see this sizeable investment repaid in or before five years.

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has identified the following benefits of CHP:

  • Compliance with the CHP Quality Assurance scheme by generating a minimum of 10% energy savings
  • Cost savings of up to 40% when compared with traditionally generated electricity sourced from the grid and heat generated via onsite boilers
  • A minimum of 10% carbon dioxide savings for good quality natural gas CHP compared with conventional generation methods
  • Up to 80% efficiency at the point of use

These statistics are based on the assumption that the CHP system is running at maximum efficiency at all times. If your CHP system is operating sub-optimally, the returns will be smaller.

What should your CHP maintenance agreement include?

Complying with government regulations adds another layer of complexity to maintaining CHP systems. You will need assistance from highly trained professionals who can provide constant monitoring of the system. By partnering with a third-party provider of CHP maintenance services, you can transfer much of the risk and responsibility to your partner.

Look for a ‘fit and forget’ solution; a partner who can take over daily management of the CHP system and provide maintenance. Beyond routine maintenance, the agreement should also include all additional parts and labour required to rectify faults.

Your ideal CHP maintenance contract will include:

  • 24x7x365 monitoring: Using remote access technologies, your maintenance provider can identify potential issues proactively. Some partners may also offer an oil analysis programme to spot wear or other faults before they happen
  • Monthly reports: Monthly evidence of cost savings made and the overall health of your CHP system. This data can then be used to inform your energy strategy
  • 100% of the work: Outsourcing maintenance means you should not have to get involved with the CHP system. The provider should supply a dedicated on-site engineer. Parts and labour should also be included as part of the standard maintenance service contract
  • Fully stocked parts warehouse and on-call engineers: CHP system efficiency is dependent on high-quality parts. If a provider cannot supply the part you need when you need them, there is a significant risk of downtime. Look for a maintenance contract that includes keeping parts in stock for your CHP. Some providers offer a satellite vehicle tracking system, allowing rapid deployment of the nearest engineer in an emergency.
  • Fixed-cost pricing: A fixed-price annual contract will allow you to contain costs and better manage your budget.

To learn more about CHP maintenance contracts and how they can help your business realise all available savings, get in touch with us today.