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Small and Micro Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Systems

Advanced Design, Performance, Materials and Applications

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.

Hardbound, 560 Pages

Published: April 2011

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84569-795-2

Contents

  • Part 1 Introduction to small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems: Overview of small and micro CHP systems; Techno-economic assessment of small and micro CHP systems; Thermodynamics, performance analysis and computational modelling of small and micro CHP systems; Integration of small and micro CHP systems into distributed energy systems; Biomass fuels for small and micro CHP systems: Resources, conversion and applications. Part 2 Development of small and micro CHP systems and technology: Internal combustion and reciprocating engine systems for small and micro CHP applications; Gas turbine and microturbine systems for small CHP applications; Stirling engine systems for small and micro CHP applications; Organic Rankine cycle (ORC) based waste heat / waste fuel recovery systems for small CHP applications; Fuel cell systems for small and micro CHP applications; Heat-activated cooling technologies for small and micro CHP applications; Energy storage for small and micro CHP applications. Part 3 Application of small and micro CHP systems: Micro CHP systems for residential and small commercial buildings; District and community heating aspects of CHP systems; Small CHP systems for commercial buildings and institutions; Small and micro CHP systems for the food and beverage processing industries; Biomass-based small and micro CHP systems: Application and status in the United Kingdom; Thermal-engine-based small and micro CHP systems for domestic applications: Modelling micro CHP deployment.

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