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Cogeneration: An Innovative Energy Source

Biomass Drying


Using Combined Heat and Power Systems

Waste heat is created by the use of combined heat power systems or waste heat generated by existing boiler use.  This is an innovative way to increase drying efficiency.  Waste heat lowers greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and utility costs. We use state of the art systems that are environmentally friendly.  USA Sludge’s open air dryer in Kingman, Arizona dries biomass material using a combined heat and power system (CHP) that is fueled by natural gas.  This system dramatically decreases drying time.  It can also be set at higher temperatures to kill pathogens by utilizing the waste heat.

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Genset Systems

Biomass & Organic Sludge Drying

We’ve worked with combined heat and power systems (CHP)  for over 15 years.  With a thorough understanding of what it takes to properly design and build  simple and efficient energy cogeneration systems.   Delivering maximum on-peak electricity to our clients, with minimum utility costs in drying biomass and organic sludge.

CHP or combined heat and power systems simultaneously generates on-peak electricity.  By utilizing the waste heat that is normally discharged in drying biomass and organic sludge.  The electrical energy delivers a high return on investment by reducing peak power charges while providing an abundance of free heat.  The free heat from properly designed combined heat and power systems will save 35% or more over a traditional electric / boiler installation while creating a smaller environmental footprint.


Source: Department of Energy

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