Finning UK & Ireland (Finning), sole distributor of Caterpillar engines in the UK, has published a new guide demonstrating how manufacturing plant and factory owners can increase efficiency and reduce energy bills by adopting combined heat and power (CHP) technology.
Available for download here, the guide shows how CHP systems can reduce total cost of ownership in the industrial and manufacturing sector, which accounts for 16.5 per cent of national energy demand. This is made possible by capturing huge amounts of heat wasted in conventional power generation for re-use in space and process heating.
The manufacturing industry uses roughly equal amounts of natural gas as electricity to produce process heat and steam. With this in mind, CHP represents an invaluable solution for cutting energy costs and improving environmental performance, while increasing efficiency too.
CHP units can reach an overall efficiency of up to 80 per cent – compared to an upper limit of 40 per cent for gas or coal-fired plants – by capturing this wasted heat. Furthermore, CHP units can reduce industrial users’ primary fuel use by up to 30 per cent, depending on the amount of heat and electricity required in the plant’s processes.