The term “cogeneration” indicates the simultaneous production and consumption of different forms of secondary energy (e.g. electrical, mechanical and thermal energy) from a single energy source (fossil or renewable), in a single, integrated system.
The benefits of cogeneration are:
- the production of energy where it is used
- reduced energy distribution losses
- energy independence
- reduced emissions
The cogeneration sector is developing rapidly today thanks to the high energy potential of biomass fuels.
Over the last two decades, biomass fuels have become one of the most commonly used fuel types in renewable energy production.
The use of biomass fuels requires constant attention to the ways in which these resources are produced and especially to the environmental impact their use can have on local areas and communities.
Sorgent.e is involved in the design and construction of biomass fuelled cogeneration plant mainly through S.T.E. Energy.
Biomass fuelled generating plants burn various types of organic fuel, including wood (chips and pellets) and oil (vegetable), in either crude or processed form.
When selecting projects in which to invest or become involved as EPC Contractor, Sorgent.e carefully evaluates the environmental impacts caused by the exploitation of the chosen biomass fuels, and analyses the environmental and economic effects on local communities on a case by case basis.
Various types of plant, generating over a hundred MW, have been completed recently. These include boiler plants, internal combustion engine cogenerating plants, and even combined plants (that obtain thermal energy from boilers and electricity from cogenerators). All these plants use fuel in the most rational and optimised way possible.