Combined heat and power may have fell out of favour over the last ten years but Coca Cola and Sikorsky Aircrafts’ recent initiatives with the technology are heralding a comeback.

That’s according to an article in the influential Guardian website.

Coca-Cola has noted that its combined heat and power plant at its syrup factory in Atlanta, US has reduced its energy bills. Two years into production, the 6.5 MW combined-heat-and-power plant has performed well.

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Richard Crowther, sustainability manager for Coca-Cola’s North American operation told the Guardian, “We were looking for cost savings, and we also have a carbon reduction target,” Crowther said. “It just so happened that the project was a nice match.”

The shale gas revolution has also benefited CHP and the technology’s reliability during Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the East Coast electric grid in 2012, also renewed corporate interest in securing reliable backup power during blackouts.

In 2012, nearly 1 GW of CHP projects came online in the US, representing the largest amount since 2005 and growing support for CHP research and construction from Obama’s government can maintain that momentum.

The article points to other businesses that have turned to CHP for energy in recent years including the Clarion Hotel, Lockheed Martin, Pfizer, Paramount Pictures, eBay and Toyota.

In total, nationwide, 82.4 GW of CHP systems had been installed at commercial and industrial sites as of July 2013. Chemical companies made up the largest set of users, accounting for 29% of installations, followed by fuel refining companies at 18%.

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