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Cogeneration

Cogeneration is a highly efficient means of generating heat and electric power at the same time from the same energy source.

At its primary facility, HCE produces 3,500 kilowatts of electricity through a clean burning, natural gas-fired reciprocating engine connected to a generator. HCE captures 3,100 kilowatts of thermal heat which is then distributed to district heating customers.

Cogeneration is also a form of embedded energy generation, which means that electricity is produced near users, reducing pressure on local power grids.

The HCE Cogeneration Unit played a vital role in keeping City of Hamilton operations functioning during the 2003 blackout.


 

 

Benefits:

  • Highly efficient process
  • Frees up maintenance personnel
  • Significant reductions in greenhouse gases and carbon footprint
  • Less space needed for heating equipment
  • Improved customer comfort
  • Reliable, hassle-free 24/7 monitoring service
  • No additional maintenance contracts needed for heating or cooling
  • Save capital and operating cost
  • Reduces carbon footprint
  • Reduces overall cost to customer
  • Supports business environment commitment
 
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