Cogeneration compared to conventional separate energy generation
Around 60% is lost converting fuel into electricity in conventional large-scale power plants. This loss is primarily due to the fact that the heat produced is discharged unused into the atmosphere or water.
Why is this heat not used? Conventional power stations produce electricity remotely from their consumers. This large distance means that it is not economically viable to transport the waste heat to homes to be put to good use.
There is a further disadvantage associated with this distance: the power generated in large power plants has to be transported to the consumer, with transmission losses occurring on the kilometre-long route.
With cogeneration, electricity is produced directly where it is needed, thus preventing network costs and transmission losses. Up to 96% of the fuel is used, by the waste heat being used for heating and domestic hot water.
And the XRGI® also has a clear advantage over solar and wind energy. It is more reliable, because it provides energy completely independently of wind and weather, meaning that electricity and heat are constantly available.