Japanese micro-CHP technology reaches Britain

Manchester-based sustainable power business ENER-G Combined Power has entered into a technology partnership with Japanese manufacturer Yanmar to deliver engine-based micro-CHP technology from 4kWe to 25 kWe in size, to the UK.

The micro-CHP market in the UK is almost completely undeveloped, says ENER-G, and its partnership with Yanmar heralds enormous potential for carbon reductions and cost savings across fresh areas of the commercial, industrial and public sectors. The technology is ideal for smaller buildings that need to use electricity and heat for long periods, such as care homes, smaller medical centres, fast food restaurants, and compact supermarkets.

A further benefit of micro-CHP technology in the UK is that it can enable users to qualify for the government's new feed-in tariff scheme, which will pay financial rewards to consumers who generate on-site electricity from sustainable sources.

Yanmar micro CHP systems can be located in limited, external spaces – similar to those required by air conditioning units. Their low operating noise reduces disturbance to neighbours and reduces potential planning issues. An extra benefit is 10,000-hour service intervals (approximately two years), which translates into lower running costs. Meanwhile, remote monitoring by ENER-G engineers ensures that systems run at optimum performance to maximise uptime, says the company.

ENER-G Sales Manager Anthony Mayall said: 'Engine based Micro-CHP is generally more suitable than competing technologies, such as micro-turbines, that have a lower power to heat ratio. This is because power is the higher value utility and will become even more valuable when the feed-in tariff is operating.'

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