About Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
Working together to provide tomorrow's sustainable solutions, today
LP Gas has been used to deliver energy solutions to areas off the natural gas pipeline for over 70 years. LP Gas is a better choice as it emits far less CO2 than oil, coal, peat and electricity, meaning that LP Gas is the ideal complementary fuel for energy efficient technologies. ILPGA members continue to invest in new technology to provide sustainable heating solutions such as Combined Heat and Power. Combined heat and power (CHP) is the process of generating both electrical power and useful heat from a single source.
Combined Heat and Power - Fuel Cell Technology
Revolutionary new fuel cell technology means the LPG Fuel Cell Boiler will transform how you power a home in the countryside. One single domestic appliance will be able to simultaneously generate heat and electricity as well as cutting annual household carbon emissions.
How does it work?
Each fuel cell starts life as a simple stainless steel plate perforated by thousands of tiny holes and coated with thin layers of ceramic ink. In use, air passes down one side of the plate, while fuel passes down the other. Both electricity and heat are generated through a quiet, efficient electro-chemical reaction. A number of fuel cells arecombined into a fuel cell ‘stack’, which can generate most of the power needed by a typical Irish home in a year. The stack is integrated with a high-efficiency LPG boiler into a single wall-mountable unit which looks just like an ordinary boiler. At the back there are connections for fuel, central heating, hotwater and power. Your home is connected to the mains power grid as normal. You LPG Fuel Cell Boiler can be connected to your existing heating controls and will even look after you in a powercut.
The LPG Fuel Cell Boiler generates most of the power and all of the hot water and heating needed by a typical Irish home.
- Greatly reduces need to buy electricity from the mains grid.
- There is the potential to earn revenue from spare electricity generated in the home and sold back to the grid.
- The LPG Fuel Cell Boiler can reduce household CO2 emissions by up to 50% per year.
Combined Heat and Power - Ecogen
Cut your home’s energy bills and carbon emissions with an Ecogen LPG Stirling Engine CHP unit that provides both heat and electricity.
How does it work?
The Baxi Ecogen unitis a condensing boiler that can meet all your space heating and hot water requirements within the home. Using a Free Piston Stirling Engine, it generates 1kW of electricity per hour that can be used throughout the home, while providing up to 24kW of thermal output for heating and hot water. The unit responds to the initial heat demand of up to 6kW by igniting the heat source for the Free Piston Stirling Engine. This generates 6kW of heat and 1kW of electricity by driving a magnetic piston up and down within a generator coil. If the heat demand goes above 6kW, the supplementary burner will fire up and can offer an additional 18kW of heat. As heat demand falls within the home, the boiler modulates down to a slow as 3kW, while still generating electricity.
- More than 90% energy efficient, reducing carbon emissions and generating electricity locally.
- Cuts fuel bills by off-setting electrical consumption.
- Potential to earn revenue by selling unused electricity back to the national grid.
- Looks and works just like a regular gas boiler.
- Virtually noise and vibration free.