Modelling the impact of micro-combined heat and power generators on electricity distribution networks

M. Thomson, D.G. Infield

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Abstract

This paper investigates potential technical effects that a high take up of domestic micro-CHP could have on an electricity distribution system. This study is based on a combination of house-by-house energy use modelling and network power-flow analysis. A variety of micro-CHP technologies are represented, including Stirling engines, internal combustion engines, and fuel cells. These have different heat-to-power ratios and thus different impacts on the electricity system. The results and discussion focus on voltage rise, which is considered to be the primary constraint on allowable penetration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-706
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy
Volume222
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2008

Keywords

  • distributed generation
  • cogeneration
  • cogen
  • micro-CHP

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