Combined heat and power – generate power while you heat

The energy transition and rising electricity prices make the decentralised generation of electricity ever more important. Combined heat and power (CHP) is an important supplement to central power stations.

The political target is to increase the share of power generated by CHP plants from the current 16 percent to 25 percent by 2020. In addition to micro CHP units with Stirling engines, this puts fuel cell boilers at the forefront of decentralised power generation.

Unusually high energy efficiency: Combined heat and power generation

Generating electricity also generates heat, which in central power stations is lost as waste heat. CHP plants using this waste heat for DHW and central heating lets them attain a level of overall efficiency which is twice as high as that of the separate generation of power and heat.

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With more than 25 years' experience in this product area, Viessmann offers efficient gas operated systems for combined heat and power generation. Alongside standard products, the company also manufactures combined heat and power units tailored specifically to customers' individual requirements.