Combined Heat and Power a great fit for health care facilities
A gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) system can dramatically increase energy efficiency by producing two services — heat and electricity — with the same molecules of gas traditionally used just to heat a facility. Tri-generation systeNms take this a step further by also supplying cooling.
Standard offer program coming for CHP and Recycled Heat:
The OPA has posted additional information on the Clean Energy Standard Offer Program (CESOP), including draft Rules and Contract documents on its two streams: Combined Heat & Power Standard Offer Program (CHPSOP) and Energy Recycling Standard Offer Program (ERSOP).
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Because health care facilities tend to have high demands for space, water and steam heating, CHP systems are well suited to this sector. They can help meet these demands while also producing electricity that is either used in the facility itself or sold to the grid (or both).
But there is another equally large advantage: CHP systems can help health care facilities close the gap between their actual peak power demands and emergency power system capacity. Many health care facilities can meet only a fraction of their actual power needs with their existing (usually diesel powered) emergency systems. A CHP system can help to close this gap by providing power and heat routinely and by making the facility an independently powered "island" in an emergency.
Because the natural gas distribution system is powered independently of the provincial power grid, a power blackout will not affect fuel supplies. In the event of an extended blackout this can be another major advantage over counting on diesel fuel deliveries.
Better for the environment — and health
CHP plants can have an overall energy efficiency of 80-90% versus the 33% energy efficiency of a coal-fired power plant like Ontario Power Generation’s giant Nanticoke Generating Station, the largest greenhouse gas producer in Canada and its No. 1 air polluter.
As a result of their high efficiency and the fact that natural gas is a much cleaner than coal, the GHG emission rate per kWh of electricity of a CHP plant is 80% lower than that of a coal plant. CHP systems also eliminate health threats like mercury, lead and particulate matter produced by burning coal.
As health care facilities look to lower their energy costs and environmental impact, CHP is becoming an increasingly popular option. Have a look at some facilities that are already using CHP.
Better for our province
On average 7.5% of the electricity produced by our large, centralized power stations is lost in our transmission and distribution systems before it reaches the electricity consumer. In 2008, Ontario’s electricity transmission and distribution losses were equivalent to more than 70% of the total output of the Nanticoke coal plant being wasted. These power losses cost Ontario consumers more than half-a-billion dollars a year. A CHP plant located in the electricity consumer’s building has no costly transmission and distribution losses and doesn't require expensive new transmission capacity.
CHP is an efficient way to meet this province's energy needs while eliminating dirty coal and risky nuclear power. It will be much less costly — financially and environmentally — than large centralized gas and nuclear plants.
Thanks to the Toronto Atmospheric Fund for its support of this project.