Combined Heat and Power (CHP/Co-generation)

With 15 years experience in the design, delivery, operation and maintenance of Combined Heat and Power systems, Vital Energi has worked across a number of high profile, nationwide projects. Our proven experience can help both commercial and residential developments take advantage of the significant financial and environmental benefits of the highly efficient co-generation process.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP), or co-generation as it is also known, is the process of capturing and using the waste heat produced by the generation of electricity. 

Business benefits of Combined Heat and Power

•    CHP can harness the heat which is wasted in traditional power stations. This can bring overall energy savings of up to 40%.

•    Gas-fired co-generation is a sustainable way of generating electricity which can be sold back to the National Grid or fed into a private wire network to supply homes and commercial buildings. 

•    Use of CHP in a community energy scheme helps facilitate planning permissions, meet the requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes and provides a key element of the carbon management and reduction strategy of an organisation.

Environmental benefits

The financial benefits of cogeneration are also complimented by a series of environmental advantages.

This method of energy generation has been widely recognised as a key measure in helping to reduce harmful CO₂ emissions, with some projects, such as the National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, reducing their emissions by 50 per cent.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change describe Combined Heat and Power as “proven and reliable” and state that the technology “has a vital role in helping to meet the UK's targets on reducing carbon emissions.”

Case Studies

As an organisation, Vital Energi have a combined experience of 500 year in engineering and have 10 CIBSE chartered engineers on our team, all of whom are highly qualified in providing the highest quality energy schemes. 

With a history that includes installing one of the first ever community co-genertion systems in the UK in 2002 at Greenwich Millenium Village, and the experience of installing 44 CHP energy systems nationwide, our experience is unparalleled in this pioneering sustainable technology.

2014 Commonwealth Games

Vital Energi were drafted to help Glasgow reach its goal of becoming one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020, and in the process, making 2014’s Commonwealth Games the greenest games ever.

City Legacy Consortium appointed Vital Energi, under instruction from Glasgow City Council, to design, install, commission, test and operate a low carbon energy system to supply the 704 homes in the Athlete’s Village. Our bespoke system, that included 28km buried network of Vital Energi’s pre-insulated pipes, decreased carbon emissions by 95%.

Read more about the project here.

King’s Cross Central Development

Vital Energi were challenged with providing an energy efficient and sustainable site with minimum impact on quality of living or the availability of supply to this ambitious new Central London development.

After winning the contract to install 2,000 metres of pre-insulated pipe to connect the CHP fuelled energy centre to the homes in the development, Vital Energi then went on to win the contract to design, supply and install the main T1 energy centre. 

Considered an exemplar project that has proven to be a game-changer when it comes to large-scale developments, Vital Energi’s systems have an estimated carbon saving of 50% when combined with other renewable technologies.
Read more about the project  here.

National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace

Vital Energi’s innovative heating system is set to reduce up to £400,000 a year off the fuel bills of London’s National Sports Centre whilst cutting its CO2 emissions in half. Vital Energi was selected to design, supply and install a low carbon solution at the National Sports Centre (NSC), as part of a £13million refurbishment.

Vital Energi’s record-breaking co-generation system is setting a new industry standard for similar projects, illustrating how both the private and public sector can successfully implement low carbon solutions.

Read more about the project here.