Some Cleanroom Considerations for Combined Heat and Power

What are benefits and points to consider when looking at installing combined heat and power at your cleanroom facility?

Controlled environments are notorious for using high amounts of energy and water every year. Air purity, humidity control, and temperature control are all part of the strict parameters that demand such a high consumption of resources. A standard separate heat and power system is only about 45% efficient. This leads a lot of cleanroom facility owners to consider Combined Heat and Power (CHP) amongst other technologies for clean energy.

Reasons for adopting CHP are numerous. Some of the most significant benefits include:

  • Avoiding power outages and production downtime
  • Overall better reliability
  • A reduction in energy costs
  • Predictable future operating costs
  • Extended lifecycle of capital equipment
  • Almost zero water resources are used in the generation of electricity
  • Greenhouse gases and other air pollutants are reduced by 40% or more
  • Grid congestion is reduced
  • The reliability of the electric distribution system is improved

There are, of course, other clean energy technologies to consider, like wind and natural gas. When you’re considering a CHP installation, you have to go beyond the engineering and operational data pints to analyze:

  • Spark spread performance – you’re analyzing the value of the energy you get from the system versus energy input. The ideal ratio is 4 or 5 to 1.
  • How to balance meeting electrical and facility heating/cooling loads.
  • What is means to have an affordable and reliable fuel source.
  • Cost of maintenance – you should allot a percentage of cost per each kW hour generated in a separate account. Use this to pay for routine maintenance.
  • Rebates and/or incentives – Find the programs available to you that will help make the change more affordable.

You can read a more thorough explanation of various benefits here.

Reduction in fuel and energy usage is just one of the many ongoing considerations for cleanroom management. Routine compliance checks are a part of every facility owner’s world. When it’s time for cleanroom certification or validation, contact the experts at Gerbig Engineering Company. We offer reliable and thorough service: 888-628-0056;

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