Overview of small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems
J. Knowles, Barbreck Services, UK
Though considered a modern energy efficient technology, combined heat and power (CHP) has its genesis in the factories of the industrial revolution during the late nineteenth century. It lost its place in industry to central electricity generation and national grids, but through the latter part of the last century, with the development of reliable prime movers and the advent of microprocessor-based controls, resurgence has taken place. Now, at the start of the twenty-first century, a combination of ever increasing energy use and the growing realisation of the damage done to our environment is demanding ever more innovative and ...