CHP units generate their profitability from the efficent use of fuel to create heat and power. The lower the fuel cost (e.g. for natural gas) and the higher the electricity and heat cost, the higher is the profitability of the CHP project. If the amount of heat the CHP unit generates is not needed for most of the year, the CHP unit is not profitable – except if electricity is extremely expensive or/and unreliable and the fuel very cheap.
The governmental policies towards decentral cogeneration, of course, also play a role. We can only assess the public support in Germany, which has improved especially since the introduction of the cogeneration law in 2002 and its updates in 2009, 2012 and 2016.
The major savings factors for CHP projects are:
The major cost factors are:
SOKRATHERM can offer servicing in Germany and help find a servicing partner especially in Poland, Russia, Italy, Slovenia, Ireland and Chile. Please contact the partners directly for an inquiry and our sales headquarters in Hiddenhausen for other countries.