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CHP Operations Challenge - The Inefficiency of Standby Capacity


Operators of energy-intensive facilities have investigated and, in some cases, installed combined heat and power (CHP) systems to reduce their overall utility operating cost. CHP is a proven way to increase efficiency, but there is a downside too. CHP systems are much more complex than a package boiler, and unexpected shutdowns do happen more often when compared to a package boiler. Luckily, the loss of on-site electric generation can be instantly restored by the interconnected utility company, but the loss of the thermal energy could take several minutes or even hours to restore, resulting in lost production and ruined products. The standard solution is to keep a standby package boiler hot, at minimum fire, as a standby thermal source. This is the most inefficient operating mode possible for the standby unit.

The talk that I am proposing will better define the issue, discuss the ongoing efficiency and operating cost, and present some innovative ideas on how to solve this important issue.

Current owners of CHP systems and those considering CHP for the future would benefit from this session.



James Landers
Technical Director
Salas O'Brien

Leveraging his broad leadership experience and overall knowledge of the energy industry, Jamie leads the company’s project and business development efforts in the Energy and Utility Systems markets. His combined experience in utility systems design, operation, and maintenance has provided him with a multi-disciplinary understanding of maintenance requirements, regulatory issues, power generation and distribution processes, efficient asset utilization, and production controls.