Cogeneration - Combined Heat and Power Plant - Explained

Cogeneration plants recover the "waste heat" that is otherwise discarded from conventional power generation to produce thermal energy.

This energy is used to provide cooling or heating for industrial facilities, district energy systems, and commercial buildings. Through "waste heat recovery," cogeneration power plants achieve typical effective electric efficiencies of 70% to 90% — a dramatic improvement over the average 33% efficiency of conventional fossil-fueled power plants.