Maximising the effectiveness of teaming CHP with boilers

By District Energy posted 09-05-2017 00:00


David Sadler-Smith, Modern Building Services


Teaming up CHP with gas-fired condensing boilers offers the potential to maximise the efficiency of both technologies. David Sadler-Smith of Elco Heating Solutions discusses how to maximise the benefits of CHP when incorporated with gas condensing boilers.

A recent report by the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) outlined how Britain is at risk of missing out on savings of £750 million a year by ignoring combined heat and power technology. This is certainly quite a statement and simultaneously highlights the potential of CHP when it comes to energy production. It also helps explain why so many more projects are looking to the technology to save on energy costs and reduce a building’s carbon footprint.

Of course, at a commercial level (up to 50 kW), CHP can also offer huge benefits, not least of all when used alongside the established technology of choice in British heating systems — the gas-fired condensing boiler. Combining the two technologies is nothing new, but it isn’t without its pitfalls, particularly if designed incorrectly.

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