Recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy studies suggest energy recycling could provide 40% of U.S. electricity needs. Another studies indicated that energy recycling can decreases the amount of greenhouse pollution by 20% – that is equivalent to taking every passenger vehicle off the road.
Two thirds of the U.S. greenhouse emissions comes from the productions of power and heat
40% from generating electricity and 26% from generating heat.
One-third (65,000 megawatts) would come from waste energy recovery, which is 100% clean, fossil-fuel free energy
Two-thirds (135,000 megawatts) would come from CHP – That’s 200,000 megawatts of clean power.
Energy recycling can save billions! In the United States alone, recycling energy is an estimated $70-150 billion a year on energy costs by generating heat and power more efficiently. The facilities that undertake such projects are generally able to cut their energy expenses by about 20%.
And recycling energy is efficient – Most U.S. power plants are only 33% efficient. The typical plant throws out two of every three units of energy, largely in the form of waste heat. This (in)efficiency rate has not changed since the 1950s.
Cogeneration plants — also known as combined heat and power (CHP) — recycles the waste heat into clean electricity and useful steam. Cogeneration plants are at least 67% efficient and often 80-90% efficient.
Source: Recycled Energy Department