Recently, Simon Osborne, Head of Product Management, spoke at the Combined Heat and Power Association Heat Conference, held in association with the Energy Institute. The event was well attended and had a clear focus on heat strategy.
Simon spoke about the use of micro-CHP to supply domestic heat, while Martin Ashcroft of Tata Chemicals Europe spoke about industrial heat and Paul Denniff of Scotia Gas talked about the gas supply in the UK and the improvements that could be made, such as injecting biogas from industrial sized anaerobic digester systems.
Keynote speakers were Rt. Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and The Rt Hon Lord Deben PC, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
Ed Davey said: “From businesses to industry, householders to communities, we all have a role to play in changing the way we generate and use heat. We need to find low carbon alternatives and our heat strategy published in March set out a pathway for moving ahead. We are working closely with industry and trade bodies like the CHPA and this event provides an excellent forum for sharing ideas and views on progress being made, such as support for heat networks in cities. I look forward to setting out our proposals next year.”
The conclusion was that ‘doing nothing’ is a conscious decision, and is not an acceptable one. In order for the UK to meets carbon reduction targets there is not just one silver bullet, but is a question of engaging and educating everyone, including consumers and installers. The present UK gas grid is one of the best in the world, and able to cope even during the freak winters we have every few years. It is questionable whether the electricity grid, in its current state, will be able to cope in the future when demand is greatest.
Micro-CHP clearly has a big part to play in reducing carbon emissions and assisting the electricity grid at times of peak demand.