The CHP world according to CAT

3 January 2019

Caterpillar’s Electric Power division recently published a white paper detailing how combined heat and power (CHP) can help make distributed resources more cost-effective and sustainable for global power needs.

It is called “Distributed Generation Using Natural Gas-Fuelled Generator sets: Heat recovery from gas-fuelled generator sets can help make distributed resources more cost effective and sustainable”.

The White Paper is intended to show how in recent years, generator sets fuelled by natural gas have proved highly suitable for distributed generation. ‘They are extremely reliable, economical to install and operate and relatively easy to site and permit’ says the paper. ‘Increasingly, they offer a bonus benefit: in the right settings, the capture of heat from engine exhaust and fluids – combined heat and power (CHP) – makes the financial picture of distributed generation more appealing.’ 

Engine circuits that show how heat can be economically recovered at typical available temperatures

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