We all are well aware of the consequences of losing power in our facilities; we may lose revenue and products, injuries may happen, clients may get upset and turn to someone else, patients may suffer, students may be affected, and much more.
How much does it cost you in time, money, and lost product when your systems go offline, even just for a few seconds? Now, imagine your system goes down for minutes, hours or even days.
To mitigate the risk of power loss, many organizations are now looking to Cogeneration or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) solutions.
The benefits of Cogeneration or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) solutions are many, with some of the most commonly-site reasons being efficiency, environmental, economic, and reliability.
CHP is very much about energy efficiency and enhanced reliability, since it offers continued supply of electricity and supports critical functions and operations, greatly lessening risks for business interruption, monetary loss, safety issues, and health risks for some.
If you are considering installing CHP, you may be wondering which of your operational systems to prioritize in the event of a grid power outage, so here are some examples of how we worked with different businesses to recommend the most suitable solution for their specific needs:
- A bakery used to lose around $500,000 per year in lost product due to power outages. They decided to invest in CHP in a Micro-Grid configuration, which we installed to support two of their systems:
Manufacturing, to avoid shutdown and loss of production, with each loss of power
Freezers, their main area of concern, were losing product, and therefore revenue from extended outages.
- An educational facility without a central plant wanted a ‘safe haven’ for its students after a massive ice storm caused multiple days of power outages. We installed CHP that now supports one centrally located building, where the school can keep their students safe, warm, showered, and fed during an extended outage. This system is now able keep these necessities running 24/7/365.
- An Atlantic City hospital lost power for 14 days during Sandy – and they only had 72 hours worth of fuel to run backup generators. As a result, they had to have a government aircraft fly in enormous bags of diesel fuel to keep the generators running. The new natural gas based CHP system supports their HVAC Systems, and hot water enables the hospital to be fully functional during any storm to continue conducting business and providing the critical and necessary health care for patients.
- A supermarket was losing revenue due to many power outages, and, since they could not power all of their systems with CHP, they prioritized and decided to dedicate their generated power to Point of Sale registers and lighting in retail areas. Unlike other stores that prioritized their freezers, this supermarket now has the capability to continue serving customers and moving sold product out the door.
- An example of using CHP for expansion – a facility by the Ohio border needed to expand their line, and the local electric company wanted to charge $3.5 million for the new lines/wires – a cost which they would never recover. Not only did they spend less for a CHP system, but it also made their yearly electric use negative, meaning the electric company now pays them.
While there is no single solution to the question “What is important to me?”, CHP can be part of the answer. By selecting technology and systems to fit your needs CHP is a winning solution allowing your facility to continue operating even if a disaster strikes or there’s an interruption of grid-supplied electricity.
At UGI Performance Solutions, we are committed to providing innovative solutions to our clients – matching the CHP system to your facilities, while requiring a smaller investment upfront and allowing the installation to occur on your time schedule.
Trust UGI Performance Solutions, the premier, Mid-Atlantic energy and combined heat and power solutions provider, and MEP contractor with design, engineering, and installation capabilities.