Chairman introduction: Industrial cogenerationSession
Cogeneration or CHP has long been a feature of industries and commercial premises who have large requirement for electricity and heating/cooling. In some cases the energy is a bi-product of the industrial or commercial processes. The factors that have driven decentralised energy, including explicit subsidies for CHP, bolstered cogeneration and an increasing number of businesses are exploiting the potential of producing their own energy needs placing less reliance on the grid.
Upcoming policy developments at EU and national levels on electricity market design, EU ETS, energy efficiency will impact industrial CHP users in different ways. The technologies likely to be involved in cogeneration include small steam turbines and alternator sets, engines, ORC systems, industrial waste heat and waste product-fired boilers, fuel handling equipment, emissions control for furnace off-gas and industrial biogas, heat recovery and steam generation systems.
This session will focus on trends in CHP and regulatory developments that are opening up opportunity for expansion of CHP and decarbonisation, plus highlight technology advances of interest to the C & I sector.
Session chair, Hans Korteweg, says, "Energy costs and security of supply are critical for industrial competitiveness as pressure is mounting on industry to decarbonise. Cogeneration is the technology of choice in key industrial sectors, ensuring lower carbon, reliable and cost-effective supply of power and heat. The session will explore the challenges and opportunities for industrial cogeneration in the current policy and markets context, while taking into account the ongoing long-term decarbonisation debate."