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December 16, 2014
A UK regional hospital now covers most of its heating and low-temperature hot water needs with combined heat and power.
the hospital’s electricity needs, and supplies hot water and heating to the neighbouring spinal treatment centre and day surgery through a 520-metre district heating network.
Tony McDermott, business development manager (healthcare) at ENER-G Combined Power, said: ‘The district heating system provides the perfect constant warm temperature required by people recovering from spinal injuries at the specialist treatment centre. The CHP system satisfies normal heat requirements, with the backup boilers used if there is peak demand.’ The hospital Trust reports annual savings of over £240,000 (US$391,750)
July 29, 2014
The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region's distributed Combined Heat and Power (CHP) installed capacity will grow from around 37.7 Gigawatts (GW) in 2013 to approximately 64 GW by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9%, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.
Ankit Mathur, GlobalData's Project Manager for Alternative Energy, states that the region will spend almost $56 billion on bolstering its distributed CHP installed capacity between 2014 and 2019. This is the second largest investment globally behind Europe, which will boast distributed CHP capital expenditure of around $144 billion between 2014 and the end of the forecast period.
The analyst believes that China's significant contribution has been the major driving force behind the expansion of APAC's distributed CHP installed capacity reaching 37.7 GW by 2013. The country will continue to account for more than 50% of the region's market share, with a forecast net capacity addition of over 14.5 GW between 2014 and 2019.
July 27, 2014
EnglandNorth West Bicester, the UK’s first zero carbon town is to feature the country’s largest domestic solar panel array as part of its composition.
The solar aspect entails 17,500m2 of panels mounted across the rooftops of all homes to generate electricity. This includes freestanding photovoltaic (PV) panels, overlaid PV panels and inset PV tiles.
The initial phase will provide 393 homes, which meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5. Each home will have a true zero carbon rating, with heat and hot water being generated on-site by a highly-efficient, gas-fired combined heat and power plant.
July 25, 2014
The Lithuanian government, through state-controlled energy group Lietuvos Energija, is seeking to attract investment in the development of new cogeneration power plant projects in Vilnius and Kaunas, as it looks to deliver affordable heat to residents of both cities.
The plan is to install modern power plants using waste and biofuel, which by generating heat and electricity will ensure 30 per cent lower heat prices for residents, and will generate about 60 per cent of the cities' heat requirement and will ensure more than one tenth of the required electricity annually (1.1 TWh) for Lithuania.
July 24, 2014
Following in the footsteps of its tri-state neighbors, New Jersey is establishing an infrastructure bank that is focused on energy resiliency.
The $200 million for New Jersey’s Energy Resilience Bank will come from the state's Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery allocation. Unlike the models employed in Connecticut and New York, it remains unclear at what point private capital will be brought into New Jersey's ERB, or at what scale.
The bank will support distributed energy resources at critical facilities, with an early focus on water and wastewater treatment plants. The action plan states that the benefits of technologies such as fuel cells, combined heat and power and resilient solar "are indisputable." Hospitals, emergency response centers, town centers, transit networks and regional high schools that could be used as shelters could also be targets for the bank. Potential projects could include microgrids, distributed generation, smart grid technologies and energy storage.
July 24, 2014
On July 24, the U.K. Department of Energy and Climate Change announced that starting in October, renewable energy projects in the U.K. will complete for a budget of more than £200 million ($339.7 million) as part of the government's reforms to the electricity market. The funding is the first allocation round for the new Contracts for Difference (CfD), a subsidy program that aims to provide long-term certainty and reduce risk for investors. The DECC's announcement came one day after the European Commission announced its determination that the CfD program is in line with EU state aid rules.
In a statement, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey noted that renewable energy projects will have to bid competitively for contracts. The DECC has also indicated that it is signaling that at least an additional £50 million is expected to be available for an auction round in 2015, with a total of approximately £1 billion potentially available later for further projects up to 2020-'21.
July 24, 2014
Italy's Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) said on Thursday it was in advanced talks to sell a 35 percent stake in energy grid holding company CDP Reti to China's State Grid Corp in a deal that could be worth some two billion euros. The planned sale is part of Italy's efforts to sell off state assets to help reduce the country's public debt and to raise funds to invest in infrastructure projects.
July 24, 2014
Energy production and distribution are often the bedrock of sustainable economic development, and for an archipelago such as Indonesia, on-site power and small grids will always be the most sensible option. The government of southeast Asia's most populous country has released a Masterplan for Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia's Economic Development (MP3EI) whose goal is developed economy status by 2025. It has identified Indonesia's patchy energy infrastructure as a 'primary obstacle' to achieving this goal. Electricity supply in the greater Jakarta area is rarely interrupted, but in the provinces - particularly outside Java - lengthy power outages are commonplace, with many industrial plants, from palm oil mills to coal mines, requiring on-site power generation.
July 22, 2014
Tecogen Inc. today announced the sale of combined heat and power ("CHP") systems to a group of public schools in northern New Jersey, and Long Island, New York. The sales involved three contracts with a combined value at $1.97 million, and were made separately to two regional offices of a multi-national Energy Services Company ("ESCO").
Under the terms of the contracts, Tecogen will supply the CHP modules as well as engineering and installation services. All units are expected to be commissioned by the end of 2014.
July 22, 2014
The Lee Valley Heat Network was launched by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnston this week, with local politicians heralding its potential to transform the Lee Valley area.
Hot water is to be piped via the North London Waste Authority's Edmonton energy-from-waste facility to Enfield council's new £1.5 billion housing development.
The CHP-enabled Edmonton EcoPark has the capacity to supply low carbon heat to 5,000 homes at Meridian Water and businesses in the Lee Valley area. A further 1,800 homes on the Ladderswood, Alma and New Avenue estates could also benefit.
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