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. Read more Read less

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.

At a glance

  • Duration1 week
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,850. The course fee includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

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.

What you will learn

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.

Core content

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.


10% discount for ADE (Association for Decentralised Energy) members.

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

Accommodation options and prices

This is a non-residential course. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information regarding our accommodation on campus can be found here.

Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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