Two things businesses across industries have in common are a need for electricity and fuel – and a desire to decrease the expenses required for both. Combined heat and power (CHP) can help achieve this while making businesses more reliable. In a CHP system, a Solar® gas turbine turns clean-burning natural gas into cost-effective, reliable electricity, plus steam for heating or cooling by way of absorption chillers.
Globally, Solar has more than 15,000 gas turbine installations. In the power generation sector, most of our customers take advantage of CHP. These include the following customers, who are some of the latest to experience the advantages of CHP:
Arctic Paper S.A. in Kostrzyn, Poland, decided to make the switch from coal to gas to meet environmental regulations. State-of-the-art Mars 100 turbines provide the pulp and paper factory’s electrical power, steam and district heating needs, while being completely independent of the grid.
Captain Morgan Distillery in the U.S. Virgin Islands chose the Centaur 50 engine for its ability to use water injection to control nitrogen oxide emission levels and the flexibility to allow the engine to operate on natural gas or liquid petroleum gas. This investment has led to measurable cost savings.
Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, is now prepared for the unexpected with a CHP that will transfer to “island mode” in the event of a power outage. The project reduced the university’s CO2 emissions by 57,000 tons per year, the equivalent of taking almost 10,000 cars off the road.
Amelia Island, located off the Atlantic coast in the U.S. state of Florida, uses the Titan™ 250 industrial gas turbine generator set to meet the island’s energy demand. The single combustion turbine can support essential services on Amelia Island in case of a severe storm. The plant is designed to handle a Category 4 storm surge, with the gas turbine, switchgear and auxiliary equipment elevated 10 feet above grade.
These customers are not only realizing energy savings, but also reducing production costs, avoiding critical process downtime, insulating against spikes in market power prices and creating opportunities to sell surplus power at a profit.