The simultaneous generation of electricity and thermal power (cogeneration) represents a very effective use of hydrocarbon fuels in a carbon constrained world. Cogeneration systems, when compared to the separate generation of heat and power offer an even significantly higher energy efficiency, and thus represent a key option for leading the world towards a more rational development.
The combined heat and power generation, indeed, can enhance the global efficiency up to more than 80% and, consequently, can lead to lower fuel costs, polluting emissions and green house gases.In its simplest layout a cogenerative plant is made up of a prime mover (gas or steam turbine, internal combustion engine) and an electric alternator. For a microturbine the air is compressed by the compressor, then it passes through a recuperator, where it gains heat from the turbine exhaust. After that, the air is introduced in the combustion chamber, where there is the mixing with the fuel and the high pressure gases expand in the turbine, directly coupled to the alternator. Being the exhaust gases still very hot, their thermal energy is used for civil or industrial applications.
AMP promotes the adoption of cogeneration in the industrial, commercial but also small residential sectors. As an independent and trustable partner, AMP continuously surveys the market for newly available technologies and power capabilities. As a result, optimal power plant configuration as well as all the available economic incentives can be assessed by our engineers, according to the desired electric power to heat load ratio, system peak load and hourly load profile.
In order to reach this target it is necessary to use advanced tools for thermo-economic simulation of power systems. AMP staff has gained a wide experience in this field and it can help customers to choose the best suited cogeneration solution to reduce fuel expenditure and increase energy efficiency.