Selection, integration and operation of cogeneration systems

Selection, integration and operation of cogeneration systems

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This section will highlight a series of common problems experienced during integration of cogeneration systems. Even after extensive design efforts and simulations, problems do occur at the implementation stage or during occasional unusual situations at the user side, sometimes caused by human error. An interesting summary of such situations, including solutions, is found in [1], which is unfortunately only available in Dutch. The lack of much international literature on the subject is caused by the fact that most problems occurring are typically solved by plumbing engineering rather than by a scientific approach. Much knowledge exists at dedicated installers of combined heat and power (CHP), but such organisations do not often publish their results.

Chapter Contents:

  • 12.1 Procedure for system selection and design
  • 12.1.1 Determination of the electricity and heat demand
  • 12.1.2 Measurement equipment for determining the energy flows
  • 12.1.3 Fuel options
  • 12.2 Integration of cogeneration in heat supply systems
  • 12.2.1 Matching size and demand
  • 12.2.2 Hydraulic integration
  • The heat recovery circuits of a reciprocating engine
  • Options for coupling the distribution and the user system
  • Temperature and flow control arrangements
  • Cogeneration units operating in parallel with boilers
  • 12.3 Summary of possible integration problems
  • References
  • Further Reading

Inspec keywords: cogeneration

Other keywords: plumbing engineering; combined heat and power; CHP; human error; cogeneration systems

Subjects: Thermal power stations and plants

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