A Scottish project aims to promote the uptake of residential combined heat and power (CHP) on the Outer Hebrides islands.

 Housing agency Tighean Innse Gall, Lews Castle College of the University of Highlands and Islands and Finland’s University of Oulu have joined forces to develop the project, which aims to address fuel poverty in the region.

The project will first look at remote households’ heat and power needs as well as ways of addressing the barriers to residential CHP adoption, which include high capital cost.  

The partners also plan to design and manufacture an affordable 20 kWth/3-6 kWe micro-CHP system that will run on locally-sourced solid biomass, and to set up trial systems across the region.

Initial funding to the tune of €2m ($2.3m) for the three-year project comes from the European Development Fund for the Northern Periphery and Arctic. The project partners also aim to raise further funds.

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