What are cogeneration systems and what are their benefits?

What is cogeneration?


Cogeneration is a system that produces heat and electricity simultaneously in a single plant, powered by just one primary energy source.


In this way, nearly all the thermal energy produced by combustion processes is not dissipated into the environment, as happens with traditional plants, but is recovered and reused.


The most widely used cogeneration technologies involve the combustion of fuels such as natural gas, GPL, diesel, biogas, bio-methane, vegetable oil or biomass.


How does cogeneration improve energy efficiency?


A cogeneration system can deliver significant benefits for commercial and industrial (C&I) customers and for the environment, because it improves energy efficiency and ensures savings.


Cogeneration systems can:


  • Improve the overall efficiency of energy usage by combining the production of useful heat and electric energy in a single generator;
  • Reduce risks of power cuts due to grid problems;
  • Qualify for economic incentives relating to energy efficiency projects.

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