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Energy Watchdog Advocates Cogeneration

by on Jul 7th, 2011

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A US-based energy expert speaking on the accelerating crisis posed by climate change said countries pursuing alternative energy sources consider cogeneration as a viable option.

Jim Warren, executive director of the North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network (NC WARN), told a luncheon group in Burlington, NC last week that clean energy and cogeneration could help eliminate the need for nuclear and coal-fired power plants and slow climate change.

Cogeneration is a refined way of recycling energy. Also known as combined heat and power (CHP), cogeneration takes the by-product heat used in manufacturing and converts it to energy. The process prevents the burning of additional waste or products to create energy, thereby reducing the levels of carbons emitted into the atmosophere.

According to The Times News, Warren cited European examples in advocating cogeneration including recent successes in Denmark.

Last year, a study conducted by COGEN Europe, a group working towards the wider use of cogeneration in Europe, projects that cogeneration is a foundation element in that will help Europe develop a decarbonised energy sector.

NC WARN is one of 45 non-profits comprising NC SAVE$ ENERGY, which is “a coalition that would become the state’s independent energy administrator if House Bill 874 – a bill that would create a statewide independent energy efficiency program – passes, the Times News said.

SOURCES:
The Times News: “Nuclear energy watchdog touts alternative sources”
Specialty Celluose: “Cogeneration Is Foundation For Lower Carbon Future: Study

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