Power stations generate electricity by burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas. But there’s a problem; we are running out of fossil fuels. These fossil fuels are a significant contributor to global warming; our extensive burning of fossil fuels has negatively impacted our planet. We are on a mission to use more renewable energy, such as solar or wind. Still, we can’t just swap all of our energy overnight.
One solution is to use combined heat and power systems (CHP), where a single fuel source produces both heat and power. Traditional power stations produce heat and electricity separately, therefore using up more of these precious fuels.
CHP systems were initially created for use on large premises with excessive heating requirements, such as hospitals. The good news is that combined heat and power systems are now also available for domestic use! Smaller CHP systems can be used in any size property; they are similar in size and design to conventional boilers. You’re probably thinking, what exactly is a CHP system? Let me explain.