Description

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 t

Key Features

  • 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

Readership

Anyone involved or interested in the design, development, installation, and optimization of small and micro CHP systems

Table of Contents

Contributor contact details

Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy

Preface

Part I: Introduction to small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems

Chapter 1: Overview of small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems

Abstract:

1.1 Introduction to cogeneration - a short history

1.2 Types of technology and potential applications

1.3 Energy efficiency improvement

1.4 Cost benefits and emissions reduction

1.5 Grid connection

1.6 Barriers to combined heat and power (CHP)

1.7 Future trends

Chapter 2: Techno-economic assessment of small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems

Abstract:

2.1 Introduction

2.2 The economics of combined heat and power (CHP)

2.3 Techno-economics for onsite generation

2.4 A specific modelling methodology

2.5 Case study: micro combined heat and power (CHP)

2.6 Future trends

2.7 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 3: Thermodynamics, performance analysis and computational modelling of small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems

Abstract:

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Types of combined heat and power (CHP) systems

3.3 Thermodynamics of cogeneration

3.4 Performance analysis of cogeneration cycles

3.5 Theory of heat exchangers

3.6 Worked example

3.7 Computational modelling of a combined heat and power (CHP) cycle

3.8 Analysis of the computational model of the combined heat and power (CHP) system

3.9 Case study: system performance of a biogasdriven small combined heat and power (CHP) system in a sewage works

3.10 Sources of further information and advice

Chapter 4: Integration of small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems into distributed energy systems

Abstract:

4.1 Distributed energy resources (DER)

4.2 The valu

Details

No. of pages:
560
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2011
Published:
Imprint:
Woodhead Publishing
Print ISBN:
9781845697952
Electronic ISBN:
9780857092755

About the editor

R Beith

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.