Microgeneration - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750684705, 9780080942292


1st Edition

Low energy strategies for larger buildings

Authors: Dave Parker
Paperback ISBN: 9780750684705
eBook ISBN: 9780080942292
Imprint: Architectural Press
Published Date: 5th September 2008
Page Count: 224
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Spiraling fuel costs, frequent power cuts, “energy wars” with fuel-rich countries holding consumers to ransom--these are just some of the issues that are helping to ensure that microgeneration of power, at the individual building level, is becoming a more and more attractive option to grid power.

In this book author Dave Parker describes the many and varied microgeneration options, from wind turbines and solar power to biomass and heatsinks, and even gives advice on how architects and developers can best access the increasingly large amount of government funding to help implement these strategies.

This book can help those in the building and construction industry to really make a difference in the fight against climate change, by explaining how to utilize the technology already within our reach.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive review of the latest technology available
  • Shows how to assess/compare/combine the merits of the available systems
  • Gives hard information on how to adopt appropriate microgeneration technology for a specific project


Architects, developers, urban planners, self builders

Table of Contents


Introduction How microgeneration is the most important potential contributor to sustainable construction. New incentives to go down the microgeneration route. Potential rewards, pitfalls to avoid. Changing government attitudes, new awareness amongst clients, tenants and energy companies.

Section 1: Systems that need no external energy supplies

Thermosyphon solar water heating Basic principles. Flat beds vs vacuum tube. Benefits and limitations of direct and indirect systems. Most effective applications. Dealing with sub-zero temperatures. Preventing legionella. Pros and cons of microbore piping. Installation and maintenance requirements. Available hardware.

Photovoltaics Basic principles. Location and orientation. Types of PV cells. Silicon vs cadmium – the environmental implications. Batteries and inverters. Building-integrated PV. Cooling. Installation and maintenance requirements. Available hardware.

Mini wind turbines and windpumps Basic principles. Horizontal axis vs vertical axis. Stall regulation vs pitch regulation. Noise, bird strike. Minimising cable cost. Minigrids and backup power. Synchronous generators, load controllers. Installation and maintenance requirements. Available hardware.

Small scale hydropower Basic principles. Mini and micro. Run of river, canal and penstock, buried penstock, barrage installations. Head and flow. Utilising historic waterpower sites. Screening. Dealing with migratory fish. Matching head to turbine type. Impulse vs reaction turbines. Power controllers. Installation and maintenance. Available hardware.

Biomass fuelled combined heat and power plants Basic principles. Potential fuels. Grates. Bubbling vs circulating fluidised beds. Internal combustion vs st


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About the Author

Dave Parker

Affiliations and Expertise

Freelance technical author and journalist. Former technical editor of New Civil Engineer magazine and Visiting Professor of Civil Engineering at the Queen's University of Belfast.