Cogeneration

COGENERATION = SAVINGS + ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Cogeneration, i.e. the simultaneous generation of electricity and heat, primarily gives financial benefits, savings and stable energy production. An investment in cogeneration protects the company against a blackout, which means that for a plant equipped with a cogeneration unit, it is enough to switch to its own energy source during a break. The return on investment occurs on average after 30 months. A well-chosen cogeneration unit translates into a reduction in energy bills by up to 30%.

ADVANTAGES:

Big savings

Significantly reduced energy costs (electricity and heat).
Avoidance of the planned capacity fee.
Guaranteed 15-year bonus

Energy independence

A stable source of energy that guarantees continuity of supplies, regardless of network failures and shutdowns.

Environmental Protection

Significant reduction of CO2 and other harmful substances emissions.

Find out what are the advantages of cogeneration

Why is cogeneration so economical

In gas cogeneration, the efficiency of the system is approx. 95%.

It means that it is almost two times higher than efficiency of power generation in coal-fired power plants (below 40%) and gas-fired power plants (approx. 55%).

We install cogeneration units in facilities (or right next to them) where energy is consumed.
In this way, we definitely eliminate energy transmission costs.

Thanks to the above, well-chosen cogeneration unit translates into lower energy bills by up to 36%.

Additionally, the cogeneration installation eliminates or limits other investments, e.g. furnaces / boilers.

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Why cogeneration increases the security of energy supply

A cogeneration unit produces electricity and heat / cold where it is used. It can also be a primary or backup power source. In each of the above-mentioned cases, the facility is equipped with a second connection.

Cogeneration guarantees independence from power grid failures, 20 degrees of power supply or blackouts.

Compared to other renewable energy sources, such as solar or wind, cogeneration units have one significant advantage: energy production can be planned regardless of weather conditions.

We want to live in a clean and healthy environment

The combustion of fossil fuels is always associated with CO2 emissions. The less fuel burned, the less emission. In this respect, cogeneration units are a highly effective solution: they use natural gas, the combustion of which is characterized by low CO2 emissions, and at the same time achieve high efficiency thanks to the associated energy production process. Therefore, they are an environmentally friendly source of energy.

Technologies

Cogeneration is a technology of combined heat and power production (CHP) based on a single source of production. Such a process is characterized by an efficiency of 80 – 90%. It is much higher than the separate production of electricity and heat. Due to the recovery of heat from the exhaust gas, cogeneration allows efficient use of the fuel consumed. Therefore, it is a technology that brings financial and environmental benefits.

Trigeneration is not only the production of electricity and heat. By adding an appropriately configured absorption chiller to the cogeneration system, it is also possible to produce cold. This technology is used for air conditioning – up to 5° C and deep freezing – 60° C.

Guaranteed bonus

From 1 January 1 2020 small cogeneration units may apply for the payment of a guaranteed bonus for a period of 15 years (but no longer than until December 2035), i.e. a subsidy to electricity generated from high-efficiency cogeneration. In 2020, it was 144.99 for each megawatt hour produced.

The preliminary draft dated 1 September 2020 of the Regulation of the Minister of Climate, in paragraph 4, grants for 2021 the unit amount of the guaranteed premium for a new small cogeneration unit fired with gaseous fuels, in the amount of PLN 148.40 / MWh.