Cogeneration / CHP at Goss Engineering
Cogeneration is the simultaneous production of electric power and usable heat from a single fuel source. Cogeneration is also known as combined heat and power (CHP). A typical cogeneration system is often a natural-gas-fired or steam-driven electric generation plant with the addition of heat recovery equipment. The recovered heat can be directly used for space heating or process heating purposes, or indirectly used to power thermal chillers for cooling purposes.
With extensive experience in energy modeling, we can help you determine your electricity needs and if cogeneration is right for your project. Goss Engineering offers feasibility studies, performs economic analysis of proposed cogeneration systems, and can create systems that meet regulatory requirements. If cogeneration is technically and economically the best solution for you, we can design the cogeneration systems to meet your needs
Cogeneration diagram courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Click here for a one-page summary of cogeneration from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Goss Engineering is proud to be a participant in the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership of the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection, which promotes energy efficiency in the United States and around the world.
February 2012 – VIDEO – Energy Secretary Steven Chu on CHP
Energy Secretary Steven Chu responds to a question from Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) on the Department of Energy’s perspective on Combined Heat & Power during Secretary Chu’s testimony on the FY 2013 DOE budget at Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Hearing on Thursday, February 16, 2012.
GOSS ENGINEERING LEADS THE WAY IN CHP
Sustainable On-Site CHP Systems
Design, Construction and Operations
A 2009 engineering textbook book published by McGraw-Hill
|Plan, design, construct, and operate a sustainable on-site CHP (combined heat and power) facility using the detailed information in this practical guide. Sustainable On-Site CHP Systems reveals how to substantially increase the energy efficiency in commercial, industrial, institutional, and residential buildings using waste heat and thermal energy from power generation equipment for cooling, heating, and humidity control. In-depth case studies illustrate real-world applications of CHP systems.|
Milton Meckler, M.ASCE, F.ASME, P.E. , is president of Design Build Systems (DBS), a company specializing in commercial, industrial, and institutional MEP design and construction. He was one of four Global Award Finalists for McGraw-Hill’s Platts Energy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Lucas Hyman, P.E., LEED AP , a professional mechanical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience, is president of Goss Engineering, Inc., a firm specializing in district energy systems.
ASHRAE Tri-County Chapter and ASHRAE Region 10
Technology Award, 2006
First Place: 2003 Cogen Plant Addition – University of Redlands
ASHRAE Region 10
Technology Award, 2001
Cogeneration Feasibility Study — University of California, Irvine
COMPLETED COGEN SYSTEM STUDIES / DESIGNS / PROJECTS
TECHNICAL ARTICLES: CHP / COGEN / COGENERATION
Goss Engineering is an active participant in the evolution of CHP design practice in the United States. Goss Engineering staff members have co-authored the following articles on CHP:
TECHNICAL REFERENCES ON COGENERATION / CHP / COGEN
from industry, university and government sources
Cogeneration: A User’s Guide — by David Flin
Description: If there are two phrases we have come to know very well, they are ‘environmental awareness’ and ‘credit crunch’. The world is looking for ways to decrease the emission of CO2 into the atmosphere, without incurring major costs in doing so. By increasing efficiencies up to about 90 per cent using well-established and mature technologies, cogeneration represents the best option for short-term reductions in CO2 emission levels. more
A Catalog of CHP Technologies from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The Catalog of CHP Technologies (PDF) (all chapters, 139 pp, 1.5 MB) provides an overview of how combined heat and power (CHP) systems work and the key concepts of efficiency and power-to-heat ratios. It also provides information about the cost and performance characteristics of five commercially available CHP prime movers .
Download specific chapters from the Catalog of CHP Technologies:
[Project Description] The MIT Cogeneration Project represents a ten year, forty million dollar initiative by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to generate its own electrical and thermal power. The new plant is projected to save the Institute millions of dollars over the life of the plant through the technology of cogeneration. Through cogeneration, we generate our electrical and thermal power simultaneously by utilizing the waste heat from a gas turbine to generate steam. This technology is approximately 18% more efficient than the technology that it replaces. MIT also feels strongly that environmental preservation is more important than ever. We have utilized the latest technology available for reducing our emissions into the air of Cambridge. The new technology used in our plant will reduce emissions by 45% compared to our old technology. This reduction is the equivalent of eliminating 13,000 automobile round trips into Cambridge per day. MIT is also committed to making this new facility a resource for the entire MIT community. We are currently working on integrating our plant with academic departments in order that both the cogeneration facility and the academic community can benefit. more
based in the UK, works to promote the wider use of combined heat & power and community heating. “FactFile” on CHP
United Nations Environment Programme – Division of Technology, Industry, and Economics
[Excerpt] Cogeneration, also known as Combined Heat and Power, or CHP, is the production of electricity and heat in one single process for dual output streams. In conventional electricity generation 35% of the energy potential contained in the fuel is converted on average into electricity, whilst the rest is lost as waste heat. Even the most advanced technologies do not convert more than 55% of fuel into useful energy.
Cogeneration uses both electricity and heat and therefore can achieve an efficiency of up to 90%, giving energy savings between 15-40% when compared with the separate production of electricity from conventional power stations and of heat from boilers. It is the most efficient way to use fuel. Cogeneration also helps save energy costs, improves energy security of supply, and creates jobs. more
Solar Turbines (a Caterpillar Company)
manufactures a wide range power generation equipment for combined hear and power applications..
provides cogeneration equipment around the world. Click here for cogen case study of combined heat/air conditioning and power in a large shopping mall in Brazil.
Prominent equipment maker explains benefits of gas-turbine-based system that simultaneously produces electricity, hot water for heating building, and cold water for air conditioning system, at presidential library in Simi Valley, CA..
[Excerpt]The Ronald Reagan Library in California knows the benefits of CHP using Capstone MicroTurbines®. The massive library gets nearly all its electricity (940 kilowatts) from 16 Capstone microturbines and has reduced energy costs about 10% each year. The CHP system, which also uses the microturbines’ waste-heat energy to produce cold water for air conditioning and hot water for heating, is 85% – 90% efficient. This 6-minute video case study about the Library’s microturbine powered CHP system includes an interview with John Lehne, Facilities Director at the Library. more
designs and sells cogen equipment suitable for homes and small businesses. Their product uses fuel cell technology to convert natural gas into electricity and heat.
Cummins Power Generation makes cogeneration equipment. Their site includes many technical papers and PDF brochures, including:.