Engine power plants can at the same time provide electricity and heat or cold reaching a very high efficiency. This capability makes them attractive for industries needing heat or cold for their processes, for local buildings and also for district heating systems.

In the future energy system , cogeneration plants will take over an additional role as providers of grid flexibility via demand-side management: in peak electricity demand moments with high electricity prices, industry will find it attractive to reduce its own consumption and possibly sell part of its generated electricity to the grid. During low price periods, electrical heat pumps and boilers can be added to the engine cogeneration units to generate and store  heat.

Cogeneration and Athletic Performance going Hand in Hand

The municipal sport centre Rundforbi in Rudersdal (Denmark) uses three cogeneration units to provide 40 kW of heat and 20 kW of power. These micro-cogeneration units are extremely responsive with practically no time needed for stop, start and ramp up. They provide an optimised solution for acute electrical load-following operation through fully automated, "learning" load-sharing and modulation of individual units. The customer is benefiting from vastly reduced energy costs.

Source: EC Power

Source: Unilever
Heat & Power for Cost-Efficient Ice-Cream Production

Germany’s largest ice cream producer has installed a heat-controlled cogeneration unit at its plant of Heppenheim. The heat is not only used to turn the basic ingredients (milk sugar, fat, chocolate, fruit preparations, aromas, water and air) into delicious ice cream but also in the cleaning and heating circuits and for the supply of hot water.