Combined heat and power – also known as CHP or co-generation – takes full advantage of what standard power plants often consider "waste" gas. CHP captures the heat in that flue gas and turns it into useful energy, converting it into steam, hot water or even chilled water that can then be distributed to nearby facilities.
NRG has a large network of CHP facilities operated by professional teams that are available 24 hours a day. The CHP process is naturally more efficient and almost 50% less fuel-intensive than traditional generation technologies, reducing electricity costs, minimizing the carbon footprint of the power plant and enabling real-time sales of excess power back to the electric grid (in many jurisdictions).
Our customers can focus on their core business instead of investing in a heating and cooling plant. Both the upfront and maintenance costs are dramatically reduced, since NRG can finance, build, own and operate the plant.
Some of our CHP plants currently in operation are listed below.
Arizona State University
We operate and maintain CHP plants that provide heating, cooling and electricity to Arizona State University campuses in Tempe and Mesa.
We provide steam to the local Kraft Foods and Procter & Gamble plants, as well as electricity for the Delmarva Peninsula and the mid-Atlantic region's market.
We provide a continuous energy supply for the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro with electricity, steam and chilled water generated through a state-of-the-art CHP plant.
We deliver hot water, chilled water and electricity to a number of buildings in downtown Tucson, including the Tucson Convention Center, the Midtown Police Station and other police and fire buildings.