The global energy system is one of the largest emitters with more than 33 Giga Ton of CO2 emissions every year !

Our planet is increasingly suffering from the consequences of global warming.

In order to reverse this trend and limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius as stipulated in the Paris Agreement, emissions need to be cut down drastically. As the global energy system is one of the largest emitters with more than 33 Giga Ton of CO2 emissions every year, we need to make our energy system more renewable, efficient and sustainable.

With cogeneration, also known as Combined Heat and Power (CHP), we have an energy efficient solution to generate heat and electricity which is ready for renewable fuels. A cogeneration unit simultaneously produces electricity and heat right at the point where it is needed. It is much more efficient than the separate generation of electricity and heat and it can be installed in any type of building, from a single house, over a public building, to a large factory. With cogeneration, a building can become largely self-sufficient and energy independent.

Benefits of cogeneration for users, society and climate

Increased energy efficiency

Cogeneration is up to 40% more efficient than the separate generation of heat and power.

Reduced energy costs

Users of cogeneration benefit from higher efficiencies and therefore need less fuel to cover their heating and electricity demand.

Empowered businesses and citizens

Cogeneration comes in all sizes, from 1kW to nearly 1GW. It is fit to supply heat and electricity to all types of users, from a single household to a large industrial complex or an entire town.

Reduced transmission and distribution costs

Cogeneration generates electricity and heat where needed. This reduces the need to transport electricity over larger distances avoiding expensive grid reinforcements in an electrified energy system.

More jobs

Cogeneration is a generator of green jobs across the planet.

Lower emissions

For example, cogeneration saves every year 200 million tonnes of CO2 in Europe. This equals the total emissions of 42.5 million passenger cars or 2.6 million trucks. In the US, cogeneration is estimated to save 800 million tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of removing half of the current passenger fleet from the road.

Ready for the fuels of the future

Cogeneration units can run on different types of renewable fuels such as hydrogen, biomass, biogas and waste heat. Currently, 27% of fuels used in cogeneration in Europe are renewable.

Enhanced energy system resilience

Cogeneration is flexible and can generate heat and electricity when and where needed. This will support the uptake of more intermittent renewable electricity such as wind and solar power, by ensuring there will be always sufficient electricity on the grid.

Reduced import dependency

Higher fuel efficiency leads to a reduced demand for fuel, decreasing the need of importing fuels.