Power plants generate heat in order to boil water to power steam turbines that generate energy. During this heat transfer process only about 30% of the heat is actually used to convert energy. The other 70% of heat is expelled into the surrounding atmosphere. CHP technology utilizes this wasted heat to heat up potable water and heating environments that need it rather then the atmosphere.
CHP also has the potential to make a facility independent from its electricity supplier. In essence making a facility its own power plant. All that would be needed would be fuel (such as natural gas) and water. Both sources are typically routed through sub-terrain systems that are more stabile then power lines. CHP systems would become most effective in times of disasters or power outages where supply of electricity is at risk.
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