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UK Pulp and Paper Industry Poised to Reap the Benefits of Flexible CHP Solutions

This cogeneration can reduce carbon emissions by up to 30% as compared to the conventional generation that takes electricity from the grid to power separate on-site furnaces or boilers.

May 18, 2021

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As per a new survey conducted by Aggreko, the benefits and potential of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology are being increasingly recognized by the UK pulp and paper processors in the post-pandemic period. Within the survey, more than 90% of respondents agreed that since 2020, they could see the potential of CHP in their businesses, demonstrating the technology’s exciting future. All of the 200 manufacturing stakeholders surveyed said that they intend to implement CHP solutions in their operations within an average of five months.

Cogeneration is a highly efficient process that captures and uses the heat by-product created when generating electricity. This simultaneous process can reduce carbon emissions by up to 30% when compared to conventional generation that takes electricity from the grid to power a separate on-site furnaces or boilers.

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Unlike remote power stations, CHP systems are usually situated on-site or nearby, allowing the users to make optimum use of ‘waste’ heat. This heat can then be directed for use in a wide range of industrial processes and can even be converted to support refrigeration.

In fact, CHP improves sustainability and lowers energy bills, making it a champion technology for both businesses and environmental groups. Its ‘decentralized’ aspect also makes it an attractive option for those looking to stave off downtime as a result of domestic energy shortfalls – a problem that engineers predict will get progressively worse over the next decade.

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According to the previous research by Aggreko, there has been a misconception and false belief in the industry that CHP is difficult to fund as a permanent solution, necessitating the development of flexible rental options that improve the accessibility of the technology. With the publication of this guide, Aggreko is looking to dispel the financial misconceptions and increase the rate of uptake for pulp and paper processors across the country, helping these businesses to save money and accelerate efforts toward ‘net zero’.