CHP Turbines For Hotels: Why They're The Future Of Hotel Energy Efficiency
Updated: Sep 10
When it comes to generating electricity, as opposed to producing fuels like oil or natural gas, it’s no secret that solar and wind power are two of the most popular and readily available options for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint. But given the intermittent nature of these renewable energy sources, they typically can’t be relied on as a sole source of energy, which is why we need to explore other options as well. Hydropower, for instance, is another popular alternative for producing electricity. However, given the steady decline of rivers and streams across the world, we need to explore other options as well, one of which is natural gas powered turbines.
Hydroelectric power is generated with the help of a hydroelectric plant, which is a type of power plant that harnesses the kinetic energy of falling water to produce electricity. A hydroelectric plant is typically a type of vertical-axis turbine, which has a horizontal axis and a vertical axis. The horizontal axis is connected to a water wheel, which rotates as the water flow through it. The vertical axis is connected to a structurally strong base, which houses the generator. The generator rotates as the rotor spins and it converts the kinetic energy of the water into mechanical energy. Hydroelectric power has been a common and sustainable source of energy for more than a century, and we can see the same pattern in the future as well. CHP stands for combined hydroelectric power, which
CHP turbines are high-efficiency
Hydropower has a reputation for being quite efficient as a power source, with about 80% of the available energy being converted into electricity. However, the efficiency of hydroelectric plants varies greatly and is largely dependent on a number of factors. CHP turbine efficiency is on average about 50-55%, lower than other types of power plants such as gas turbines and coal power plants. This makes sense since we’re trying to do two things with a CHP turbine – convert water into mechanical energy to spin the generator and then convert mechanical energy into electricity. However, CHP turbines are much more efficient when they’re operating. When they’re operating, they run at full capacity and are able to achieve efficiencies around 70% or more.
CHP turbines can be located near demand
Another advantage of hydroelectric power plants is their capability to produce electricity virtually anywhere there’s a source of water. However, this isn’t the case with combined hydro-electric power plants, which are capable of producing power from a hydroelectric plant located close to a large demand. The advantage of this is that it allows CHP turbines to be more localized and can be located close to large demand hubs like large cities or even major ports. This approach has been quite successful in places like China, where hydroelectricity facilities can be found in the interior of the country and are also close to large demand hubs. In fact, hydroelectricity is the most commonly used form of electricity in China and accounts for about 60% of their electricity generation.
CHP turbines run at off-peak hours
One of the most critical aspects of a power plant is its capability to operate at low capacity. That is, the plant needs to be able to operate at significantly reduced capacity, especially when the plant is located close to a large demand hub like a port or city. As you may already know, hydroelectric power generation drastically drops during off-peak hours when demand for electricity is low. This is where combined hydro-electric power plants, which run at low capacity, come into play. They can run for long periods at low capacity, which means that maintenance and repairs are less frequent and less critical. And when we talk about the low capacity of a CHP turbine, we’re not just talking about the generator, but the entire system.
CHP turbines require very little maintenance
One of the biggest advantages of hydroelectric power plants is their capability to produce electricity with very little maintenance. Hydroelectric power plants are typically self-contained systems, meaning that they don’t require a significant amount of maintenance and repairs. Combined hydro-electric power plants, which are CHP turbines, have even more advantages when it comes to maintenance. They only require minor maintenance, which is mainly focused on the generator and the equipment that monitors the generator. This type of system also has very low requirements when it comes to water flow. In fact, combined hydro-electric power plants need very little water flow as they don’t produce large amounts of water flow. The amount of water flow is often determined by the distance between the generator and the power station.
CHP turbines produce both heat and electricity
The last advantage of combined hydro-electric power plants is the ability to produce both heat and electricity. This is often referred to as district heating and allows the plant to produce hot water and steam, which can then be used for many industrial applications. Combined hydro-electric power plants are typically located next to large demand hubs like ports, cities or even coal-fired power plants that produce a lot of steam. This allows them to produce heat and steam and transfer them via the grid to nearby buildings or industrial processes, which can then be used for heating purposes. In fact, combined hydro-electric power plants are the most common type of CHP turbines and are used in a large number of countries.
CHP turbines can save money
This is one of the biggest advantages of combined hydro-electric power plants. They allow us to produce electricity during off-peak hours when demand for electricity is low and then produce heat that can be used to reduce the cost of electricity during peak hours. This is related to the last advantage we discussed, which is the ability to create heat and steam that can then be used for various industrial purposes. This is one of the most important aspects of a power plant, as it allows us to save money by reducing the cost of electricity during peak hours. If a power plant isn’t able to produce electricity during peak hours, then it’s also unable to produce electricity during off-peak hours, which means that it’s not saving anything. Combined hydro-electric power plants are a perfect solution for this, as they allow us to produce both electricity and heat during off-peak hours, which means that they’re able to produce electricity during peak hours as well, allowing us to save money.
Hydropower has been a common and sustainable source of energy for more than a century, and we can see the same pattern in the future as well. CHP turbines are high-efficiency, they can be located near demand, they can run at off-peak hours, they require very little maintenance, they produce both heat and electricity, they can save money and they can be carbon neutral. There are many different types of power plants, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. It’s important to understand the types of power plants available and how they work in order to make the best choice for your energy needs.