Combined Heat and Power (CHP or cogeneration) is a device that simultaneously generates both electricity and useful heat. Different types of engines can be used to achieve CHP and can give high efficiency using natural gas as a fuel. The internal combustion engine in a highly sophisticated car engine is an example of a well proven technology. However; CHP products based on ICE can be noisy and are limited to the type of fuels used. Recently stirling engines have been developed to produce domestic combined heat and power appliances. These appliances are expected to ultimately replace the domestic boiler for a single home.
CHP systems tend to produce more heat than electricity which is a likely requirement for the home and the demand for both will fluctuate depending on the seasons. As far as the electricity output is concerned, a CHP system supplies only part of the required load and is normally dependent on the electric grid supply being available. The potential advantages of CHP are significantly reduced costs and carbon emissions.
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