Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Who can benefit from Combined Heat and Power?

Who can benefit from a CHP system

If your business works with a demand for electricity and a similar demand for heat in the same or in nearby buildings, you should consider using a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system.

Businesses that will benefit the most from using a CHP system are usually those with a constant heat demand, whether the heat is used as steam for industrial processes, hot water and space heating or used to supply cooling through absorption chillers. Examples might include:

  • the industrial sector - such as paper, chemical and food and drink businesses
  • hospitals
  • residential homes
  • office and tower blocks
  • leisure centres
  • universities
  • retail establishments
  • hotels
  • commercial greenhouses.

Individual businesses that do not have a constant heat demand may find that in periods of low demand they are able to export excess heat through a district heating network. As an added benefit, the business may be able to generate revenue from heat sales.

Further information

Department of Energy and Climate Change: CHP guidance and support

CHP Focus: UK Heat map

In this Guideline

What is Combined Heat and Power?

What are the benefits of Combined Heat and Power?

Who can benefit from Combined Heat and Power?

Different types of CHP systems for businesses

Combined Heat and Power maintenance

The Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance Scheme

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