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dc.contributor.authorBoait, Peter Johnen
dc.contributor.authorRylatt, R. M.en
dc.contributor.authorStokes, Melodyen
dc.identifier.citationBoait, P.J., Rylatt, R.M. and Stokes, M. (2006) Optimisation of consumer benefits from microCombined Heat and Power. Energy and Buildings, 38 (8), pp. 981-987en
dc.description.abstractDespite government targets that imply 400,000 installed microCombined Heat and Power (microCHP) units by 2010, market penetration is as yet negligible in the UK. This paper reports new experimental data to underpin decisions affecting the uptake of this technology. A simple computer model of the time distribution and use of the electricity output from microCHP, based on trials with a real installation in a UK dwelling, is coupled with a stochastic model of domestic electrical load. It predicts the proportion of output that would be consumed locally, for six household scenarios comprising three different types of house and two levels of occupation and appliance use. The results show that the proportion of microchip electrical output exported to the electricity distribution network (up to 62%) will be higher than has been estimated by previous studies, and that this is sensitive to the thermal properties of the house and the lifestyle of the occupants. The significance of these results is examined to suggest how careful marketing and the use of half-hourly metering may be used to maximise the benefits of this technology to consumers and the environmenten
dc.description.sponsorshipEquipment and data collection provided by Powergen and EA Technology.en
dc.subjectCombined heat and poweren
dc.subjectelectricity exporten
dc.subjectDemand modellingen
dc.titleOptimisation of consumer benefits from microCombined Heat and Poweren
dc.researchgroupInstitute of Energy and Sustainable Developmenten

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