Combined heat and power (CHP) technology can see businesses save 20% on energy bills, while reducing their carbon emissions by 30%. If you’re on the fence about whether or not a CHP installation is the right solution for your business, here is some helpful information to guide you through the decision-making process.


Will CHP cut my business’ carbon emissions?

With the government announcing plans to cut the UK’s carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, businesses will be required to play their part in adopting low-carbon heating solutions. Generating heat and power simultaneously via the same fuel, CHP can cut carbon emissions by up to 30% in comparison with the separate generation of heat through gas or electricity. This can then be used for space heating and hot water. CHP can also export power not used on site.

CHP can also be used to meet Part L of the Building Regulations.


Would my business benefit from CHP installation?

Yes, if your business operates from large buildings with high heating demands in industries such as healthcare, hospitality, chemicals, food and drink, paper and refining industries. CHP technology can be deployed quickly, cost-effectively, and with few geographic limitations – the perfect investment for many industrial, commercial and institutional situations.


How can I maximise the carbon efficiency of my CHP unit and generate the best ROI for my business?

CHP unit efficiency is at its highest when running continuously at full capacity. It is most effective when on-site demands for heat and electricity coinicide. The right engine specification is critical to unit efficiency.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ solution when it comes to engine specification. It’s critical to take facility size and energy requirements into consideration. For example, an oversized engine will shut down during periods of low demand, but an undersized engine will restrict generation capacity. In both circumstances, incorrect sizing will limit the carbon-cutting and financial benefits of choosing CHP over grid connectivity. Getting the balance just right is a tricky but nevertheless critical task.

At the installation stage, the system should be sized to ensure it can run at full capacity for as many hours as possible, while heat and electricity demand must be taken into account during the sizing process.


What is the payback time of CHP installation?

Businesses with an on-site CHP unit can manage their onw energy use and even make a profit on it, selling surplus energy to the grid. Gas prices are lower and more stable than mains electricity supply, allowing managers to achieve significant cost savings by self-generating power, within a payback period of generally less than five years.


What makes CooperOstlund the perfect partner for my business?
CooperÖstlund is your go-to expert in CHP gas engine design, supply, installation, maintenance and improvement services. Whether a single CHP unit or a turnkey power generation facility, our ground-up expertise delivers entirely bespoke solutions tailored to engine size, customer needs and site environment. As a UK market leader, our success is built on unrivalled knowledge, impartial consultancy and first-hand experience of every type of gas engine.


Is CooperOstlund tied to a particular manufacturer?
As an independent business, we’re not tied to any one manufacturer. Whatever your scope or deadline we can meet your requirements to deliver the perfect project – we know that no two sites are the same. Each project is treated with care, attention and accuracy to fine-tune performance, improve output efficiencies and minimise downtime. Meanwhile, our proactive milestone checks, regular feedback reports and long-life guidance advice will optimise outputs for the entire lifespan of your engine.

Call us on 01604 505992 – we’d be happy to chat through your requirements.