The disposal and treatment of biological waste are major challenges for many industries. Anaerobic fermentation—a superior alternative to composting—provides a unique solution for the management of a wide range of organic substances. Created during anaerobic fermentation, biogas serves as a high-energy, renewable fuel that can be used as a substitute for fossil fuels. GE’s solutions not only improve waste management, but also generate an economical energy supply.


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With a combined heat and power (CHP) system from GE, electricity and thermal energy are efficiently produced onsite for local consumption. CHP eliminates the wasteful process of purchasing electricity while separately burning fuel in an onsite boiler to produce heat. The system is further enhanced by avoiding the electricity losses that occur in the transport, transmission and distribution processes from the point of power generation to your facility.

CHP produces electrical and total (electrical + thermal) efficiencies of up to 45% and 95%, respectively. Thermal energy is released in the combustion process and can be used for preheating or generating steam, as well as a variety of process heating or cooling systems. In addition, surplus electricity can be exported to the power grid, often providing additional income. The result is a system that can provide significant efficiency, profitability and environmental advantages over individually generating heat and power for your facility.

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