By: Tilo McAlister

Building owners need not worry about these three CHP concerns any more – here’s why.


Supplying a base load of electricity and heat using on-site Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generators allows multi-res buildings to cut heat and hydro costs significantly.

However, building owners are often concerned that the noise and exhaust associated with a CHP generator could lead to unhappy tenants, and lower occupancy rates. Additionally, many who would have proceeded with a CHP project found it out of reach due to the prohibitive CAPEX required to get started.

But thankfully, advancements in technology and financing options have removed the following three factors from on-site CHP adoption, and have put the cost savings in reach for many more multi-res building owners.

How are noise concerns eliminated?

The possibility of disturbing residents with loud machines & vibrations leading to reduced tenant satisfaction has long been a major concern for many, and with good reason.

But today, sound attenuated enclosures can be fitted with sound dampening materials tailored to suitable levels of noise pollution, as well as the use of vibration absorption devices between the generator and its base eliminating this issue.

How are exhaust concerns eliminated?

No one wants to live in a building that smells like exhaust, or that is perceived as a polluter of the environment. Fortunately, for the lean burn engines typically selected for CHP projects, a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) package is utilized to ensure that exhaust from the gen-set meet our exceed Ontario’s emissions standards.

How have costs been reduced?

CHP gen-sets and ancillary equipment traditionally come with a hefty price tag, placing this super efficient technology out of reach for many budgets. However, Power Purchase Agreements were created so that building owners can benefit from the substantial cost savings of an efficient CHP installation, without bearing any of the capital cost.

Typically set for a 5-10-year term, the consumers’ only obligation is to pay for the electricity and heat that they use from the gen-set (at rates lower than utility supply) while a power supplier like T&T handles all the costs to install, commission and service the system.

Ready to start experiencing the advantages of CHP?

Our team of power generator installation and maintenance experts at T&T Power Group can help you to choose the right CHP generator for your building or establishment.


 

Combined heat and power generators noise

Today, sound attenuated enclosures can be fitted with sound dampening materials tailored to suitable levels of noise pollution, as well as the use of vibration absorption devices between the generator and its base, eliminiating any noise issues caused by vibration.