ENER-G Combined Power, a Manchester-based heat and power specialist, has published an essential guide to designing and financing a small-scale combined heat and power (CHP) system.
ENER-G is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of small-scale CHP systems, from 4kWe to over 10MWe in size.
The 20-page manual, which is free to download, covers all aspects of selecting, designing and financing a CHP scheme – from applications and fuel options through to financing and integrating the technology into buildings.
Clare Burns, marketing manager at ENER-G Combined Power Ltd, said: “Our guide aims to answer the most frequent questions asked by customers and engineering specifiers.
“Given the right building applications, combined heat and power is unmatched in delivering the perfect match of cost and carbon savings, together with security of supply. This guide helps customers work out whether CHP is right for them and how to specify, finance and integrate the technology to meet their objectives.”
By simultaneously generating heat and power on-site, CHP is significantly more efficient than conventional power generation, where heat is not captured. It is particularly suitable for organisations with extended periods of heat or cooling demand, such as those in the leisure, manufacturing, healthcare, education and retail sectors.
Financing and payback
ENER-G’s guide provides advice on the stages of feasibility assessment and how to comply with the CHP Quality Index, which is the route to gaining generous tax exemptions and other financial incentives for CHP installations.
Illustrations of the economics of CHP are also included in the guide to demonstrate the possible payback on investment of different sized systems in various applications.
A section on finance outlines the opportunities to benefit from CHP technology without any capital outlay via Discount Energy Purchase or Energy Savings Agreements. Capital Purchase options are also explained.
The guide also includes sections on system integration, technology, a glossary of terms and case studies of organisations using CHP to save money, reduce carbon emissions and improve energy resilience.
In August 2015, ENER-G argued that CHP was still “underexploited” in the UK despite government figures showing that six per cent of UK electricity was generated through the technology.
To download the guide, click here.