Cogeneration, or combined heat and power (CHP), turns what would normally be the thermal inefficiency of power generation into usable energy. These are turnkey installations that generate both electricity and usable thermal energy within a single, integrated system.
Waste-heat recovery systems are possible for heating, cooling, dehumidification, and even process applications, and can be integrated into existing building infrastructure. These systems are located at or near the point of consumption, allowing the heat that would normally be lost in the power generation process to be recovered to provide needed heating and/or cooling for the nearby facility. There are few geographic limitations, and they are quick to deploy.
CHP also works seamlessly across different technologies. Gas turbines and internal combustion engines can work with heat recovery units, while steam boilers can be paired with a steam turbine.