Generate Micro combined heat and power
Micro combined heat and power is a technology system which produces heat, hot water and electricity all at the same time from the same energy source.
Micro combined heat and power systems can be used to replace gas powered central heating boilers and as well as producing enough energy for your own home, they can also generate excess energy which you can to sell back to the national grid.
Micro-CHP systems are similar in size and shape to ordinary, domestic boilers and can be wall hung or floor standing. They are easy to fit and the only difference to a standard boiler is that they are able to generate electricity while at the same time heating water
Domestic micro-CHP systems are currently powered by mains gas or LPG. and they use the ‘Stirling engine micro-CHP system’ although other systems are currently being developed.
Micro combined heat and power Advantages
- You can produce heat, hot water and electricity all from the same source.
- By generating electricity on-site you could be saving carbon dioxide compared with using grid electricity and a standard heating boiler.
- There is little difference to an installer in replacing a standard boiler with a micro-CHP system.
- You can sell back any excess energy to the national grid.
Micro combined heat and power Disadvantages
- This technology is still very new to the UK so can work out to be quite a lot more expensive than just a conventional condensing boiler.
You can get grants for Micro combined heat and power, below are the schemes this is available with.
* According to data sourced from the Energy Saving Trust website.