As with domestic properties, district heating offers a step change for businesses able to access an existing network. Heat is created centrally and then distributed as hot water via super-insulated pipes. The economies of scale from centralised production make district heating an efficient, lower carbon solution that contributes to better air quality.
For large energy consumers in the 5 to 200 MWe energy range, such as manufacturers, paper mills, and chemicals plants, a combined heat and power (CHP) plant offers high efficiency and on-demand energy. CHPs burn fuel to generate power, and then recycle the heat waste for secondary purposes. Whilst not renewable in itself, a CHP plant can cut energy costs and could result in lower fossil fuel use, thereby contributing to an improvement in air quality