There are many exciting ways to use renewables to decrease your organizations expenses by increasing efficiency beyond your transportation needs. Using renewable fuels with combined heat and power (CHP), also known as green cogeneration, is an efficient, clean, and reliable approach to generating power and thermal energy from a single fuel source.
Green My Fleet is currently recommending the Vegawatt On-Site CHP solution designed to meet the thermal and electrical base loads of a variety of facilities. CHP can greatly increase the facility’s operational efficiency and decrease energy costs. At the same time, CHP reduces the emission of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global climate change.
How The Vegawatt™ On-Site Cogeneration System Works
Transforming Waste Vegetable Oil Into Electricity & Hot Water
A Vegawatt™ system contains more than just power generation equipment.
It includes a turn-key waste vegetable oil (WVO) refinery, automatically transforming the darkest, nastiest used cooking oil into fuel appropriate for power generation.
Located On-Site Outside
The unit, which is about the size of a refrigerator, is placed outside the building the same way central air conditioning units often are. It hooks up through one electrical cable to the electric system. There is also a hot water feed and return system. Your hot water heater won’t have to work as hard now because the water has already been partially heated by the system.
Easily Integrates Into Electrical Panel
Our integrated industrial compression-ignition engine produces heat and hot water for use directly by the restaurant. Electrically, the system integrates into a restaurant in the same way as a solar electric panel, which makes local licensing and permitting easy. Thermally, the system provides energy to the restaurant to raise the temperature of water that will be used in the hot water system.
Supplemental Power At Your Door
The Vegawatt™ is a supplemental system. We tie into the existing electricity and hot water systems and provide additional energy. Any energy provided by the Vegawatt™ does not need to be purchased from the local electric or gas utilities.
Produces 10% to 25% Of Your Power
No, we can’t provide all the electricity and hot water needed to power a restaurant. Our goal is to capture the most energy possible from the oil that a foodservice location produces. Typically we produce 10% to 25% of the electricity needed by a restaurant.
Ideal For 3-5 Deep Fryers
We’ve sized the Vegawatt™ unit to maximize the return on investment for typical retail foodservice locations. If you have 3-5 deep fryers, this system is ideal for your location.
Just Pour In Your Used Cooking Oil
Used cooking oil from your restaurant is deposited into the Vegawatt™ in the same way your restaurant currently deposits your waste vegetable oil into your oil barrel or dumpster. Our units are adaptable to every procedure from tying into an automated oil change system to accommodating a 10-gallon stock pot.
Automated 4-Stage Cleaning Process
Your used cooking oil undergoes an automated 4-stage cleaning process. This patent pending process creates a very clean fuel while using no additional energy input.
No, It’s Not Biodiesel
We don’t make biodiesel. Biodiesel requires the use of caustic chemicals and fossil fuel products (generally methanol and lye) and produces a significant proportion of glycerol, a liquid byproduct that needs to be removed from the process.
Our Vegawatt™ process:
- requires no additional chemical feedstocks
- produces no liquid byproducts
- is non-flammable
- is non-toxic.
Contact us today for a free detailed analysis of your projected financial savings with a Vegawatt™ cogeneration power system.