Opportunities for Cogeneration


Build the business case to drive cogeneration initiatives within your organisation

Explore options for implementing cogeneration and trigeneration systems in your workplace.


With energy costs increasing and energy security an issue, cogeneration represents a key strategy for avoiding the mounting financial pressures associated with energy price rises and lack or drop in supply.
This face-to-face course is designed to help you understand and explore the opportunities for utilising cogeneration and trigeneration technology in the workplace. It will help you identify whether cogeneration is a good fit for an organisation, evaluate different options and then build the business case required to implement a system.

This course will enable you to:

  • Understand the technical processes involved in cogeneration and trigeneration systems for a range of technologies
  • Understand the requirements of ISO 26382 (2010) Cogeneration systems – Technical declarations for planning, evaluation and procurement
  • Understand the sources and types of energy used within an organisation
  • Identify energy demand loads in the workplace
  • Evaluate the business and community benefits associated with different cogeneration and trigeneration projects
  • Develop solutions to improve energy productivity
  • Calculate running costs and project costs for cogeneration opportunities to establish a cost/benefit analysis
  • Use models for financial assessment and business case development (e.g. Payback, IRR, NPV)
  • Understand and interpret cogeneration product guidelines
  • Develop an awareness of the various grant funding opportunities that are available
  • Evaluate procurement opportunities available
  • Assess regulatory requirements for cogeneration projects
  • Prepare reports and effectively communicate energy efficiency recommendations and outcomes

Who should attend?

This course is especially suitable if you:

  • Have a role or business enterprise designed to support India’ s Energy Conservation Act (2001 and 2010 amendment) and associated programs of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency
  • Are involved in energy auditing or thinking of becoming an energy auditor
  • Are involved in energy management or thinking of becoming an energy manager
  • Have a role or business enterprise designed to support work in the green building sector

This course is especially relevant to energy managers, facilities, asset and property managers, as well as operations, procurement and supply chain managers. However if you are responsible for, or interested in improving energy consumption in your workplace with the goal of achieving significant energy cost savings you should attend this course.

What to expect on the course

You can complete the course in face-to-face classroom mode with in class web interface support. The face-to-face program runs 2.5 hours per week for 8 weeks.
In order to maximise the course outcomes you will need to gather real energy consumption data from a workplace, community facility or home, for use in class exercises and tasks. Guidelines for the collection of energy data will be supplied in pre-course reading material which you will receive prior to the commencement of the course.
Throughout the course you will work in groups to complete workbook exercises and engage in discussions on cogeneration opportunities. Course content will be contextualised through the use of case studies and financial and energy consumption data in order to determine the applicability of various projects.
Following the course, you will be given time to prepare a draft business case for the cogeneration opportunities you have identified.

Course program

Part 1 – The Mechanics of Cogeneration and Energy

  • Introduction
  • A Review of Energy Basics
  • Types and Forms of Energy
  • Contextualising states and Forms of Energy
  • Global Energy Losses
  • Commercially available cogeneration technologies
  • Gas Turbines
  • Summary of efficiencies
  • Less commercially available cogeneration technologies
  • Cogeneration selection criteria
  • Case Studies

Part 2 – Cogeneration Feasibility and Evaluation

  • Synchronisation with the grid
    • Frequency
    • Phase angle (power factor)
    • Power factor correction
    • Practical importance of power factor – synchroscope
    • Tie Line Control
    • Import control
    • Connection
    • Base Load
    • Fixed Imported kW
    • Zero power transfer
  • Off the Grid
  • Absorption and Adsorption chillers
  • Equipment management approaches
  • Maintenance
  • Funding for organisations to develop new products or innovations
  • Financial Performance Measures
  • IRR calculation
  • Interpreting and creating Marginal Cost Abatement Curves (MACC)
  • Return on investment emissions and energy savings curves
  • Co-benefits and the triple bottom line
  • Further Resources


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