From 18 December, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will launch a combined heat and power installation (CHP) on its campus in Etterbeek. The CHP will prevent around 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and thus make a significant contribution to the university’s climate action plan.
VUB aims to be fully climate neutral by no later than 2050. To meet its environmental and climate challenges, it launched the climate action plan.
CHP, or cogeneration, is a power generation process that simultaneously produces electricity and heat from the same energy source and is characterised by its high energy efficiency.
This CHP produces about 40% electricity and 60% residual heat, with most of the residual heat used to heat the university’s buildings in winter. In a regular gas-fired power plant, the heat created by the generation of electricity is lost to the environment through cooling towers.