CHP market clusters

An analysis of the CHP market clusters include natural gas CHP, landfill and wastewater treatment, and natural gas non-CHP.

11/11/2013


CHP market clusters

The four CHP market clusters include natural gas CHP, biogas, landfill and wastewater treatment, and natural gas non-CHP. The following paragraphs explain each cluster. 

Natural gas CHP: This business cluster represents applications such as commercial buildings, industrial facilities, healthcare facilities, district heating, prisons, hotels, condominiums, apartments, and universities. The cluster also includes commercial complexes such as athletic clubs, shopping malls, and greenhouses. These facilities have a significant year-round demand for cooling/heating and electricity. Sizing of the installation is critical to allow for continuous operation. If further analysis is needed, the unique requirements of this cluster include:

  • Electrical and thermal loads of the facility—ideally by the hour based on historical data
  • Type of thermal load such as hot water, steam, or chilling with flow rates, pressure, and temperatures
  • The piping and instrumentation diagram of the facility’s existing thermal distribution system.

Biogas: This business cluster represents applications that use anaerobic digesters to produce biogas from dairy, livestock, and food waste. The focus is to provide energy from waste products. The emphasis is to reduce the amount of methane that escapes to the atmosphere because methane is a far worse greenhouse gas than CO2. Electricity is the main energy produced in this application—either for self-consumption or to feed to the grid. Biogas quality is critical to long unit life as sulfur (H2S) content in the fuel must be minimized. Unique requirements of this cluster include:

  • Consistency of waste stream and therefore consistency of gas quality
  • Thermal demand for heating of digester and facility
  • Gas analysis showing methane and H2S content. 

Landfill and wastewater treatment: This business cluster represents a specialty segment that focuses on converting waste to energy to produce electricity for self-consumption or to feed to the grid. Gas quality is critical because the content of the raw material used to produce the gas may change continually. Gas composition must be monitored continuously for methane and siloxane content to provide quality gas for the module. Specific requirements of this cluster include:

  • Open or closed landfill
  • Age of landfill
  • Projection of future gas production from landfill
  • Gas analysis showing methane and siloxane content.

Natural gas non-CHP: This business cluster focuses on electrical production only. Typical applications include peaking plants, independent power producers, industrial facilities, and any other requirement for electric power generation. These applications provide independence from the grid. Electrical efficiency and total lifecycle cost are critical. The mode of operation can be either grid parallel and/or island. For island operation, the characteristics of the connected electrical loads must be analyzed. These characteristics include:

  • Description of connected loads in island operation
  • Connected load starting sequence.

Christian Mueller is a sales engineer at Tognum America Inc./MTU Onsite Energy. He began his career with the company in Australia in 2007 and later moved to the company headquarters in Augsburg, Germany. Mueller provides engineering support to the sales organization for customer-specific CHP installations. Since 2012, he has supported the MTU Onsite Energy CHP product portfolio in North America as a sales engineer based in Houston. Mueller has a diploma in industrial engineering with an emphasis in energy systems. 

George Polson is a consultant for Tognum America Inc./MTU Onsite Energy where he co-leads the team to release continuous gas CHP products into North America. He retired from MTU Detroit Diesel as director of Sales Integration in 2009 after 40 years of service with the company. Polson began his career at Detroit Diesel conducting emission certification testing in the early days of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency program. He was also involved in product development, facility planning, application engineering, and program management. He spent more than 15 years supporting the off-highway business involved in engineering, customer support, and sales. Polson is a graduate mechanical engineer.



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2013 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Leaders Under 40 program features outstanding young people who are making a difference in manufacturing. View the 2013 Leaders here.
The new control room: It's got all the bells and whistles - and alarms, too; Remote maintenance; Specifying VFDs
2014 forecast issue: To serve and to manufacture - Veterans will bring skill and discipline to the plant floor if we can find a way to get them there.
2013 Top Plant: Lincoln Electric Company, Cleveland, Ohio
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Bring focus to PLC programming: 5 things to avoid in putting your system together; Managing the DCS upgrade; PLM upgrade: a step-by-step approach
Balancing the bagging triangle; PID tuning improves process efficiency; Standardizing control room HMIs
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software

Annual Salary Survey

Participate in the 2013 Salary Survey

In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.

Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.

2012 Salary Survey Analysis

2012 Salary Survey Results

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.