As we all know, finding new and innovative ways to save energy is more important than ever.

Not only does it help the environment, but it can also save business owners a lot of money in the long run. And one of the best ways to find new sources of savings is by conducting a CHP site survey.

A CHP site survey can help you identify opportunities for installing a CHP system at your business. These systems can generate electricity and heat, significantly saving your energy bill.

CHP systems are up to 80% more efficient than traditional energy production methods. And if you’re looking for an even more significant incentive to invest in a CHP system, consider this: CHP systems can help businesses meet sustainability goals.

By installing a CHP system, you can reduce your company’s carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency.

What Is a CHP Site Survey and Why Should You Have One Done?

A CHP site survey assesses a potential site for a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system. The survey includes an analysis of the site’s electricity and thermal energy needs, as well as the availability of fuel sources and other potential constraints.

CHP systems can provide significant benefits in terms of efficiency and emissions reductions, so it is vital to ensure that a potential site is suitable before making any investment.

A CHP site survey can help identify potential problems that could prevent a system from operating effectively and can ultimately save time and money by avoiding costly mistakes.

The Benefits of Having a CHP Site Survey Done on Your Property

There are several reasons why a CHP system may fit your needs.

For example, you may be looking to reduce your environmental impact and your company’s reliance on electricity generated from fossil fuel sources. CHP systems can significantly reduce your company’s carbon footprint by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

An assessment can also provide valuable information about the optimum system size and cost that will meet your company’s energy and operational needs while minimising your environmental impact. Here is a more comprehensive list of benefits of having a CHP site survey done on your property:

  • You can identify potential sites for a CHP system that fit your site’s constraints, including electrical, natural gas, or steam infrastructure.
  • You can determine the amount of electricity and heat the site can generate using CHP equipment and a specified fuel source.
  • You can assess your site’s energy efficiency and opportunities for improvement.
  • You can estimate the cost and energy savings associated with installing a CHP system at the site (s).
  • You can determine if the site is in a location that can provide enough fuel for the system to operate efficiently.
  • You can identify opportunities for capitalising on your business’s energy efficiency benefits of CHP systems.

How to Choose the Right Company to Perform Your CHP Site Survey

Once you invest in a CHP system, the next step is determining which company will perform your site survey. Each company will likely offer a slightly different service, so it’s important to find one that specifically meets your needs.

Here are some things to consider when searching for a CHP system assessment company:

  • Can the company provide references from similar clients?
  • Can the company offer accurate estimates of the energy costs and savings from installing a CHP system?
  • Can the company provide a detailed breakdown of system size, costs, and savings?
  • Is the company affiliated with the CHP industry?
  • Can the company evaluate potential sites for local CHP systems?

If you can answer “yes” to these questions, you may have found the right company!

Contact Energimizer immediately if you want to get started or need a bit more direction. We provide an extensive site survey service, making it simple to understand what you require from a CHP system and how we can assist you in achieving your objectives.

Because we know that every project is unique, our team of professionals will collaborate with you to develop a tailored solution to meet your particular requirements. The process begins with a consultation during which we will discuss your energy needs and consider different possibilities for supplying power to your building or business.

After that, we’ll conduct a thorough site assessment to see if CHP makes sense for your location before taking further action. If so, after gathering data from the site inspection, our engineers will design the best possible solution and provide you with an estimate of the installation cost and ongoing maintenance services after everything has been completed at your location.

By offering excellent service when it counts the most—after the installation has been completed—we want to ensure that this investment continues to work hard for years to come.

You can also fill out our Site Survey Assessment Form, and we will get back to you ASAP with an optimal solution.

What to Do If You’re Not Happy With the Results of Your Survey

We understand that there are many potential benefits associated with installing a CHP system, so it’s natural to be disappointed if your CHP site survey highlights reasons why you might not be a good candidate for one.

Here are some things to consider if the results of your survey don’t meet the expectations that you had:

  • If the problem can’t be solved with existing technology, there may be ways to improve the site’s energy efficiency. You should consult an engineer or a contractor who can help you identify cost-effective options to increase your building’s energy efficiency.
  • Even though a site may not meet the initial criteria for installing a CHP system, there could still be potential for using CHP in the future to fuel a cogeneration plant. This option should be considered if your business’s energy needs or energy efficiency objectives change.
  • If your site is a good candidate for a CHP system, it isn’t the end of the world if the survey results don’t meet your expectations the first time. Remember, the initial site survey is just the beginning of the process and can help you identify other opportunities to reduce your energy consumption and energy costs.
  • These are just some things you should consider before entering into a CHP system agreement with a company. Before you sign on the dotted line, it’s a good idea to carefully review the contract to ensure that it addresses all of the issues you have discussed with your engineer or the contractor.
  • You should also consider what recourse you have if the system doesn’t function as promised. Unfortunately, some companies cannot deliver on all of their promises, so it’s important to know exactly what to expect before you enter into a contract.

FAQs About CHP Site Surveys

The following questions about CHP are some of the most common ones, and we have answered them:

What Does a Site Survey Consist Of?

A site survey is an in-depth evaluation of a potential site to determine if it can meet all of the requirements for installing a CHP system.

Depending on your local council’s requirements, it may also include an assessment of the site’s suitability for installing a CHP plant. The purpose of the assessment is to:

  • Understand the site’s current capacity and usage.
  • Find out how much electricity and heat can be produced by the site using CHP equipment.
  • Identify any constraints that could affect the system’s operation.
  • Determine if the site can provide enough fuel for the system to operate efficiently.
  • Verify whether the cost of the installation matches the amount of savings that are expected from the site’s increased energy efficiency.
  • Identify any opportunities to reduce the installation cost by capitalising on the energy efficiency benefits of CHP.
  • Improve the odds of the system’s success by addressing any issues identified during the site survey.
  • Determine local policy requirements and discuss them with the company.
  • Provide a report describing the overall project and describing the findings.

What Happens If My Site Doesn’t Meet the Requirements?

It is important to remember that a site survey assesses the potential to install and operate a CHP system at a specific site.

Even if a site doesn’t meet all of the requirements, there may still be ways to minimise the cost and maximise the system’s energy efficiency. Some sites that meet all of the requirements for a CHP system are simply unsuitable for installing a plant.

If this is the case, you can still reap all of the potential benefits of installing CHP equipment by taking advantage of some of the energy efficiency solutions that were not possible with the plant installed at your location.

Will There Be Any Ongoing Costs Associated With Maintaining a CHP System?

After your system has been installed at your location, you may decide to cease operations, cease operations for some time, or install a new system at a different location or configuration.

No matter what you decide, you need to ensure that any decisions regarding your system comply with local policies and regulations. If your site is being decommissioned, your engineer may temporarily shut down the system for repair.

This may result in downtime and additional costs for the installation. You can reduce downtime and the associated costs by taking steps to keep normal system operation possible while the system is offline for maintenance.

You can also extend the system’s life by ensuring that routine maintenance is carried out at the scheduled time. This will ensure minimal downtime is associated with conducting maintenance at your site.

Will My CHP System Stop Working If I Decide to Stop Using It?

Suppose you decide to cease operations or cease operations for a certain period. In that case, you need to make sure that you take the necessary steps to comply with local policies for the disposal of the system and any residual fuel.

When making decisions about your system, it is important to remember that shutting down your CHP plant may result in additional costs associated with decommissioning the equipment and any residual fuel.

What Information Is Required to Conduct a Site Survey?

You may notice that some CHP companies ask customers to provide a lot of information before conducting a site survey.

This may be confusing and cause customers to stop communicating with the company if they feel that the questions are too intrusive or irrelevant. In a site survey, we gather the following information about your site:

  • Your site’s current electrical capacity and usage.
  • The amount of energy and heat that can be generated at your site using CHP equipment is remarkable.
  • The type of generator system to be installed at your site.
  • The fuel source that will be used to generate heat and electricity using the equipment.
  • The operating capacity of each generator, the operating hours of each generator, and the expected output of each generator are listed below.
  • The availability of fuel at your site.
  • Current and projected energy needs.
  • Current and potential environmental goals for your municipality, site, business, facility, or community.

Does a Site Survey Need to be Performed by a Professional?

A site survey does not need to be performed by a professional; however, it can be extremely beneficial.

A professional engineer will be able to identify any constraints that may affect the site’s operation and determine the cost of installing the system. If a professional engineer conducts the site survey, they may also recommend ways to reduce the overall cost of the system by capitalising on the energy efficiency benefits of CHP.

If you are hiring a CHP company to perform the site survey for you, ensure they can provide you with an engineer that has experience with CHP systems or experience working in the power generation industry.

Finally, the site survey will provide valuable insight into the operating costs of your facility and an estimate of the potential energy savings that can be achieved with the installation of a biomass energy project.

When Does a Site Survey Need to be Performed?

A site survey does not need to be performed before installing a CHP system. However, it is highly recommended that a site survey be conducted before installing equipment.

This will provide valuable insight into the requirements of your local authority and the cost of implementing CHP equipment. Ideally, a site survey should be performed before installing a CHP system because:

The requirements may change after the installation:

  • Professional engineers can provide valuable insight and recommendations for cost savings.
  • Although a site survey is not required before installing a CHP system, you should ensure that it is conducted before installing it to ensure that your system meets any local requirements.

How Often Should a CHP Site Survey Be Performed?

Ideally, a site survey should be performed once a year. However, this may not always be possible.

Depending on the nature of your local requirements, a site survey may need to be performed once every three years, once every two years, or once per year. If a site survey needs to be performed more frequently, then your CHP company needs to ensure that it is conducted according to local requirements.

Summary

CHP systems offer many benefits for businesses and homeowners, from cost savings to sustainability gains.

If you’re looking to install a CHP system on your property, be sure to do your research first—some factors will determine if you’re eligible for a system and what the process will entail. And don’t forget, our team is here to help make the process as smooth as possible.

Ready to take the next step? Contact us today!