Optimisation and evaluation of domestic combined heat and power

J. M. Pearce, D. W. Auckland, B. A.T. Al Zahawi

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Abstract

British homes consume around a hundred terawatt hours (100×109kWh) of electricity and three hundred and fifty terawatt hours of heat each year. At present practically all of the electricity is generated in power stations, while most of the heat is generated in the home. A domestic combined heat and power (DCHP) unit could generate 40% of a home's electrical demand, cutting electricity costs by 20%, improving heating, providing grid backup and reduce the environmental effect of electricity generation. This paper describes a PC based chronological simulation method of optimising the design of DCHP. The optimum design should have a total efficiency of at least 85% and consist of a Stirling engine, an electrical generator and an electronic converter, with a peak electrical output of 800W.

Original languageBritish English
Pages805-808
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 1994
EventProceedings of the 29th Universities Power Engineering Conference. Part 2 (of 2) - Galway, Irel
Duration: 14 Sep 199416 Sep 1994

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the 29th Universities Power Engineering Conference. Part 2 (of 2)
CityGalway, Irel
Period14/09/9416/09/94

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