Small- and Micro-Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems: Advanced Design, Performance, Materials and Applications

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Small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems are a form of cogeneration technology suitable for domestic and community buildings, commercial establishments and industrial facilities, as well as local heat networks. One of the benefits of using cogeneration plant is a vastly improved energy efficiency: in some cases achieving up to 80-90% systems efficiency, whereas small-scale electricity production is typically at well below 40% efficiency, using the same amount of fuel. This higher efficiency affords ...

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Overview

Small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems are a form of cogeneration technology suitable for domestic and community buildings, commercial establishments and industrial facilities, as well as local heat networks. One of the benefits of using cogeneration plant is a vastly improved energy efficiency: in some cases achieving up to 80-90% systems efficiency, whereas small-scale electricity production is typically at well below 40% efficiency, using the same amount of fuel. This higher efficiency affords users greater energy security and increased long-term sustainability of energy resources, while lower overall emissions levels also contribute to an improved environmental performance.

Small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems provides a systematic and comprehensive review of the technological and practical developments of small and micro CHP systems.

Part one opens with reviews of small and micro CHP systems and their techno-economic and performance assessment, as well as their integration into distributed energy systems and their increasing utilisation of biomass fuels. Part two focuses on the development of different types of CHP technology, including internal combustion and reciprocating engines, gas turbines and microturbines, Stirling engines, organic Rankine cycle process and fuel cell systems. Heat-activated cooling (i.e. trigeneration) technologies and energy storage systems, of importance to the regional/seasonal viability of this technology round out this section. Finally, part three covers the range of applications of small and micro CHP systems, from residential buildings and district heating, to commercial buildings and industrial applications, as well as reviewing the market deployment of this important technology.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, Small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems is an essential reference work for anyone involved or interested in the design, development, installation and optimisation of small and micro CHP systems.

  • Reviews small- and micro-CHP systems and their techno-economic and performance assessment
  • Explores integration into distributed energy systems and their increasing utilisation of biomass fuels
  • Focuses on the development of different types of CHP technology, including internal combustion and reciprocating engines
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Mr Robert Beith is Managing Director of Beith & Associates Limited, and is an experienced energy and environment consultant. He holds Chartered Engineer status, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology, the Energy Institute, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Table of Contents

PART 1 INTRODUCTION TO SMALL AND MICRO COMBINED HEAT AND POWER (CHP) SYSTEMS 
Overview of small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems, J Knowles, Aircogen CHP Solutions, UK; Techno-economic assessment of small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems, A D Hawkes, Imperial College London, UK; Thermodynamics, performance analysis and computational modelling of small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems, T T Al-Shemmeri, Staffordshire University, UK; Integration of small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems into distributed energy systems, J Deuse, GDF-SUEZ – Tractebel Engineering, Belgium; Biomass fuels for small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems: Resources, conversion and applications, H Liu, University of Nottingham, UK

PART 2 DEVELOPMENT OF SMALL AND MICRO COMBINED HEAT AND POWER (CHP) SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY 
Internal combustion and reciprocating engine systems for small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) applications, R Mikalsen, Newcastle University, UK; Gas turbine and microturbine systems for small combined heat and power (CHP) applications, J Backman and J Kaikko, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland; Stirling engine systems for small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) applications, J Harrison, E.ON Engineering, UK; Organic Rankine cycle (ORC) based waste heat / waste fuel recovery systems for small combined heat and power (CHP) applications, J Larjola, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland; Fuel cell systems for small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) applications, D J L Brett, University College London, N P Brandon and A D Hawkes, Imperial College London and I Staffell, University of Birmingham, UK; Heat-activated cooling technologies for small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) applications, K Gluesenkamp and R Radermacher, University of Maryland, USA; Energy storage for small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) applications, A Price, Swanbarton Ltd, UK

PART 3 APPLICATION OF SMALL AND MICRO COMBINED HEAT AND POWER (CHP) SYSTEMS
Micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems for residential and small commercial buildings, J Harrison, E.ON Engineering, UK; District and community heating aspects of combined heat and power (CHP) systems, J Clement, Aars District Heating, Denmark, N Martin, Shetland Heat Energy and Power, UK and B Magnus, COWI, Denmark; Small combined heat and power (CHP) systems for commercial buildings and institutions, R Boukhanouf, University of Nottingham, UK; Small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems for the food and beverage processing industries, P S Varbanov and J J Klemeš, University of Pannonia, Hungary; Biomass-based small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems: Application and status in the United Kingdom, A Alcala, M E Gyftopoulou and A V Bridgwater, Aston University, UK; Thermal-engine-based small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems for domestic applications: modelling micro CHP deployment, K Mahkamov, Durham University, UK

Robert Beith is the Managing Director of Beith & Associates Limited, and is an experienced energy and environment consultant. He holds Chartered Engineer status, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology, the Energy Institute, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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