Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

  • Duration: 1 week
  • Location: Cranfield campus
Combined Heat and Power (CHP

There is increasing pressure for all organisations to satisfy their demand for heat and electricity in a more cost-effective, carbon-clean and energy-efficient way. By generating heat and power simultaneously, Combined Heat and Power – also known as Cogeneration - offers the most significant opportunity to enhance the overall efficiency, reduce energy costs and improve environmental performance, while ensuring at the same time an increased flexibility and reliability of energy supply. It is predicted that more than 300 GWe of cogeneration systems will be added globally by 2020. In Europe alone, cogeneration power plants are expected to cover 20% of the energy demand by 2030, compared to the expected 27% contribution from renewable energy technologies.

Course Objectives

The course will build up the delegates’ understanding and knowledge of CHP technologies with conventional fuels and renewables. More specifically, on completion of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Explain the operational characteristics of the major components of a CHP plant and appraise their design and off-design performance
  • Discuss technical, economic and environmental risks and benefits of various CHP technologies
  • Apply appropriate methods available to assess financial viability of a cogeneration system considering several factors
  • Identify the most appropriate plant size and select a suitable cogeneration system
  • Outline the optimisation and development of the CHP technology in response to current and future challenges, market outlook and users’ requirements.

Course Topics

The course material includes the following:

  • Basics of CHP
  • Key technologies
  • Integration of CHP with renewable energy sources
  • Typical small and large scale applications
  • Environmental impact
  • Feasibility study
  • CHP incentives and support mechanisms
  • Future opportunities

Who should attend

The course is of benefit to project engineers, consultant engineers, designers and energy managers in the oil, gas, power and process industries. It is appropriate for both user industries and manufacturers of CHP equipment. CHP is becoming of interest to architects and consulting engineers of building complexes. The course will also be useful to local and central government officers with responsibility for energy policy.


The course is presented through lectures and tutorials conducted by members of Cranfield University’s staff and relevant external industrial contributors all of whom have considerable academic and industrial experience.

Course Delivery

This five day course is presented through a mixture of lectures, tutorials and discussion of case studies. Active participation from the delegates is strongly encouraged particularly during the whole course in order to consolidate learning. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of this course.

Course fee


The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. 10% discount applies if booked before 1 May 2016.

For ADE (Association for Decentralised Energy) members the 10% discounted booking is extended until 13 June 2016.

10% discount for third and subsequent delegates from the same company/site. Discounts can be combined.

Location and travel details

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles).

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This course is non-residential. If accommodation is required, please make your own arrangements at Mitchell Hall or a nearby hotel. Please enquire about the short course delegate rate.

Key contact

Energy CPD Enquiries
T: +44 (0) 1234 754689
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For more information download the course brochure