Combined heat and power generation (CHP) is technology which uses the process of cogeneration to provide the simultaneous generation of electricity and useful heat. This contrasts with conventional ways of generating electricity, where vast amounts of heat is wasted. In a conventional coal and gas fired power station, up to two thirds of the energy is consumed in this way and is often lost as steam. By using a CHP unit, the heat generated to produce power is instead used for domestic hot water and central heating backup.
There are many financial benefits to installing a CHP unit, these include:
Yes, by generating your own power you will be significantly reducing your carbon footprint. This is because you will no longer be solely relying on power station generated electricity and instead you will be making use of the heat produced when power is generated.
CHP units powered by natural gas can reduce your carbon emissions by around 20%, whilst this figure increases to 30% if you are using one of our systems powered by biofuels or biogas.
The environmental benefits of CHP include:
Yes, Viessmann system technology allows all of our heating systems to be used in-conjunction with one another. Our CHP units work particularly well with our biomass boilers, photovoltaics and ground source heat pumps.
No, planning permission for a CHP unit is not usually necessary. The only example of it being needed is if your property is listed or if the unit is being installed in an area which would affect the public view of your property.