By Steve Giles  |   June 24th, 2015
combined heat and power engine
Well...almost free.
A Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system can heat your facility, heat your pool and save you money.  Sounds impossible doesn’t it? 
So just what is this system and why can it do so many things?  A CHP system is an engine that uses clean natural gas to produce electricity – just like many other engines but is also designed to capture the waste heat and create useful thermal energy. The thermal energy can then be used to heat water for swimming pools and domestic use. By using both the electrical and thermal energy the system efficiency if over 80%, far more efficient that standard electric generation.  Waste not, want not.
With a CHP system you can generate electricity for your recreational facility while using the captured waste heat to heat water and reduce your boiler usage. For example a 248 kW system will average over 8000 operational hours annually, and will produce 2,000,000 kilowatt hours per year, and produce over 1.4 million BTUs and hour of useful thermal energy.   These systems also have the availability to operate independently during grid outages.  When grid power is interrupted, CHP systems are designed to operate independently and provide power to the critical systems in a facility.  As an example, the system can be designed to run HVAC units when sources of grid electricity are unavailable making a facility available for use as a community shelter during extended outages.
CHP systems are nearly twice as efficient as a traditional power generator, delivers backup power during outages and reduces the capital costs associated with traditional boiler replacement.  In addition, financing options also exist that allow you to have a system installed with no up-front costs so you can begin saving money immediately. 
Steve Giles, Vice President Alternative Energy
Steve has over 25 years of experience encompassing a wide range of utility industry financial operations and commercial negotiations, and business development activities, including direct sales, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. He is responsible for providing strategic development and leadership for Hull’s expansion in the energy market. Steve performs studies, regulatory filings and grant applications for renewable energy projects and is at various stages of project design and development for multiple renewable energy project types including biogas, landfill gas, combined heat and power and solar.
Steve provides clients with options for renewable energy projects through feasibility analysis and consulting, turnkey engineering-procurement-construction, financing options, project ownership and operating options, state and federal grant coordination and Renewable Energy Certificate management and brokering.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Accounting and Finance as well as a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Dayton.
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