Renewable CHP technology should have a greater role in the UK, says Richard Griffin, chief executive of LowC Communities, a low-carbon builder based in Lincolnshire, UK.

Griffin says that switching the focus to readily-available, British grown fuel such as rapeseed oil would result in much-greater levels of carbon savings.

Currently building owners are over-focusing efforts on delivering renewable heat – i.e. heating and hot water generated by renewable sources such as biomass, he says.

“The real carbon value is in electricity – the one commodity that we’re all using more and more of, as our daily lives increasingly rely on technology.

“By generating electricity from renewable fuels and capturing any waste heat produced, we can significantly boost this country’s carbon reductions.

“Although there are companies offering systems that run on alternative fuels such as fish oil and used cooking oil – we believe that they may not attract the same level of ROCs (Renewables Obligation Certificates) – if any at all.

“It does seem crazy to have to transport then process these fuels, whilst there’s a pure and natural renewable fuel widely available right on our doorstep in the form of rapeseed oil,” he adds.

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