Cogeneration Screening - HCS Group - Power Services, Power Needs Consulting


Your interest in HCS Group’s expertise in providing energy saving systems is appreciated.

The use of Combined Heat and Power (CHP or “cogeneration”) and Waste Heat to Power (WHP) has proven effective in reducing the overall utility costs for our clients. While CHP and WHP appear similar there is a difference in establishing the optimum design approach. HCS evaluates its client’s current facility configuration and the desired goals using our experience obtained from past projects over the last 20+ years. The ability of HCS to draw from the variety of past host facilities is why we are referred to as an "Integration Firm, which brings the best equipment from various manufacturers to achieve the best project results."

Would you like to find out if HCS Group can help your business save money on your yearly energy costs?
If so please contact us to setup a CHP/WHP screening.
This will give us the info we need to analyze your unique power and thermal needs/configuration and determine if we can provide a result which meets your goals

Setup a Cogeneration Screening

CHP Driving Forces

Past cogeneration facilities traditionally were driven by power costs. Today, companies are evaluating Combined Heating and Power plants as a method to provide the following:

Increased overall efficiency of energy production

Example: Improved systems from 73 percent to 90 percent overall efficiency

Self control of the cogeneration facility as it would be installed within their own facility

Example: Client choice of CHP over a commercial Independent Power Producer (IPP) due to concern over steam supply

Better managed forecast of total energy cost

Example: Large petrochemical facility is currently involved in extensive natural gas management practices (hedging, options, etc.) that allows better control of power fuel costs in a CHP unit

Design considerations to allow for systems to adjust to energy cost swings in competing fuels

Example: Dual fuel CHP systems allow for utilization of lowest cost fuels

Method to assist in complying with revised NOx compliance cost

Example: Company facing replacement of existing boilers may use CHP to comply with new NOx requirements

Reducing or elimination the need to expand the plant’s substation due to an upcoming expansion

Example: CHP allowed for elimination of a $7 MM capital expenditure by providing a design that combined the installation of the CHP downstream of the existing sub-station

Ability to integrate various thermal systems into the CHP facility (steam, chilled water, direct heating/drying, thermal oils, etc.)
Integration of plant waste streams into CHP configuration

Example: A waste gas stream currently being flared was utilized within an auxiliary burner in the waste heat recovery unit of the CHP

Increased reliability and quality of energy systems

Example: One client saved an estimated $1MM annually on lost production and maintenance due to quarterly power outages

Establish savings due to compliance with various deregulation options as states move forward

Example: Texas petrochemical facility will avoid twelve years of “stranded asset” charges by installing the CHP unit in 12 months as allowed by the new deregulation bill

Ability to establish a “risk management” of power costs by taking advantage of cost options available from local utilities, internal generation, and wholesale power

Example: An 80 MW industrial facility was provided a CHP unit that produces all plant steam and 20 MW of power (the remaining power will be provided by utilization of a 50 MW annual competitive contract, and 10 MW from the local utility with standby of 5 MW for on CHP train)