FAQ

Frequently asked questions

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WHAT IS CHP?

​​Combined Heat and Power, in other words, a co-generation system that can provide area and process heating and electricity.

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WHAT TYPES OF FUEL DOES IT BURN?

​​Waste oil (i.e. from your car, truck, industrial operations, etc), crude oil, methane, natural gas, waste alcohols, ethers and waste heat among others.

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WHAT ARE THE EMISSIONS?

   
The Phoenix CHPS derives its power from a revolutionary PSG and an external combustion engine. Due to the relatively long and low temperature fuel burn, this system is inherently cleaner than traditional gasoline or diesel-powered internal combustion engines. In the case of used motor oil, Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) emissions are insignificant. Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) is virtually nonexistent due to the low combustion temperature (i.e., < 2,200 degrees F.). In addition, there is virtually no “burned oil” odor from the unit, as opposed to some common commercially-available oil burning/heating units. Preliminary third-party lab tests have shown that the emissions are much lower than diesel engines and these results are without the use of emission filters or other add-on devices. A more broad-spectrum emission study will be conducted as part of the pilot program.  However, if waste alcohols are used, the resulting emissions are simply carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor.  
    

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HOW DOES THE CHP SYSTEM WORK?

     
The Phoenix CHPS operation is straightforward. Waste fuel is combusted in the Phoenix Steam Generator (PSG) to produce steam.  This steam powers an external combustion engine which, in turn, operates an electrical generator producing electricity.  The exhausted steam is then sent to a condensing system that removes the heat which can be used in multiple ways in your facility.  The resulting liquid then travels back to the PSG to start the process again.  The Phoenix CHPS is a completely enclosed system.

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HOW MUCH FUEL DOES THE CHPS USE?

   
It depends on the BTU content of the fuel.  The CHPS requires approximately 450,000 BTU to operate at its design level,    
(e.g., waste oil is about 3.2 gal/hour).

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CAN THE CHP PROVIDE HEAT?

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Yes. The Phoenix CHPS may be eligible for energy credits (depending on your location) by producing over 300,000 BTU of usable heat.

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WHAT ARE THE ELECTRICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CHP SYSTEM?

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This varies depending on the needs of the customer.  For general characteristics, see our Products Page . ​​

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   WHAT IF I PRODUCE A LARGE QUANTITY OF WASTE & WANT TO PRODUCE MORE ELECTRICITY?

   Multiple CHPS can be "daisy-chained" to increase electrical production. The number of CHPS is a function of the available fuel.
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