THE COGENERATION PROCESS

April 26th, 2007

While the term “cogeneration” is simply a term used to describe a process puts to use the waste heat from creating electricity, it is also a symbol of the fundamental philosophy of the Smith Cogeneration family of companies. 

The "co" in cogeneration simply means taking advantage of all the uses of one source of energy, in this case, natural gas. It means producing additional energy with much of the energy that would be wasted in the typical utility process.

The "co" in cogeneration simply means taking advantage of all the uses of one source of energy

As the cogeneration diagram shows, natural gas fires a jet engine to generate electricity. Cogeneration captures the waste heat and adds water, creating steam which is piped to a nearby industry. Any excess steam drives yet another generator to create more electricity. Thus, a cogeneration plant costs one-third to one-half as much as building a coal-fired plant to produce the same amount of power. This is why a cogeneration plant can afford to burn natural gas instead of coal.

Cogeneration is a process that stretches every resource to its maximum potential, which ensures economic and energy efficiency while improving the environment around us.  Every Smith Cogeneration company, whether it is producing electricity, bringing energy sources from suppliers to customers, developing revolutionary boat hull designs, or producing healthy beef, lives by this key concept: to maximize the output of each individual input.

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