Subscribe to our weekly newsletters
Subscribe to newsletter

 

Editor's Note: Baxi-Senertec UK provide:-

Renewable energyRenewable energy
Solar photovoltaicSolar photovoltaic
CHP systemsCHP systems
Carbon heatingCarbon heating

Request Information

Home
Include Article
Advertise
 

Links
Request Information
Terms of use
Contact

 

Request Facilities / Interiors product information

Request Architectural product information External

Request Architectural product information Internal

Request Mechanical HVAC product information

Request Electrical product information

 

BAXI-SENERTEC UK Electricity Row Boosts Case For CHP 

Growing pressure on the National Grid and huge controversy over the cost of extending the electricity distribution network should lead to more demand for small-scale Combined Heat and Power (CHP), according to energy experts.

Plans for three new high voltage power lines were announced this week by the National Grid, which also plans to campaign for 12 more similar schemes and intends to upgrade many existing systems. This represents the biggest expansion of the electricity system in over 50 years as the Grid looks to increase total capacity from 78 gigawatts to 115 gigawatts by 2050 to meet rising demand.

However, it costs £1.6 million to run one mile of cable via overhead pylons and £20m per mile if the Grid is forced to bury some cables underground in areas of outstanding beauty such as Snowdonia and the Mendip Hills where new systems are proposed. Hundreds of miles of new cables are proposed, prompting building services experts to question the economics.

“Even more expensive centrally generated electricity cannot be the long-term answer,” said Professor Phil Jones, chairman of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) CHP Group. “The enormous cost of expanding a network that is less than 40 per cent efficient anyway, due to transmission losses and the heat thrown away during the generation process, simply does not stack up.

“We now have a great opportunity to develop local power generation using thousands of small-scale CHP systems that capture and use the waste heat and eliminate transmission losses,” he added. A large proportion of the new network will be used to connect the Grid to remote wind farms in the North of Scotland and around the coast where there is no existing power infrastructure. This raises further questions about the viability of some of the new sources of electrical power and the impact on users’ fuel bills.

“It is clearly bonkers to generate so much electricity centrally,” said David Shaw, Business Manager of CHP provider Baxi-SenerTec UK. “Power stations waste huge amounts by throwing all the heat generated by the process away and then make it even worse by adding transmission losses on top.

“Massive offshore wind farms are, clearly, an option, but the wind has the most inconvenient habit of refusing to blow at the right times,” added Mr Shaw. “This means you also have to build plenty of backup gas or coal-fired power generation to cover peak times. You also need 25 gigawatts of wind capacity to replace every 5 gigawatts of conventional power for the same reason. Add those costs to these new expensive distribution networks and you are looking at a totally unaffordable strategy.

“The Grid is in deep trouble and we face major blackouts in the near future. We must quickly find alternative sources of electricity that offer security of supply using tried and tested technology,” said Mr Shaw. “The fact that CHP provides low cost electricity, as well as heating, close to the point of use puts it in a very strong position. We are receiving a growing number of enquiries for our Dachs CHP systems from a wide range of building owners looking to reduce their carbon emissions and secure affordable, long-term power supply solutions.”

Email: kat.galandziej@baxigroup.com


Teraski Electrical supplies Circuit breakers Electrical switchboards Motor breakers News 190710

Marshall Tufflex Energy management systems Sub metering equipment Optimisation systems News 190710

Leaderflush Shapland Fire resistant doorsets Performance doorset solutions Doorsets News 190710

Knauf Roof insulation Wall insulation Insulation products Internal insulation News 190710

Trend Glass mosaics Custom made wallpaper Glass mosaics tiles News 190710

Granite Transformations Granite kitchen worktops Glass mosaics Recycled kitchen worktops News 190710

Norsound Acoustic door seals Hinge covers Door safety products News 190710

Bachy Soletanche Geotechnical contractors Piling contractors Secant piling Wall shafts News 190710

Lafarge plasterboard Acoustic plasterboard Plasterboard systems Decorative drywall News 190710

SAS International Suspended ceilings Metal ceilings Chilled ceilings Commercial ceilings News 190710

Jeld-Wen Casement windows Sliding sash windows Timber sash windows News 190710

Portman Door closers Pocket door systems Door latching systems News 190710

Baxi Renewable energy Solar photovoltaic CHP systems Carbon heating News 200710

Osram LED lighting LED effect lighting Commercial LED lighting News 200710

Armstrong HVAC heating Chilled water applications Variable speed pumps News 200710

Chloride UPS systems Diesel generators Electrical switchgear Static switches News 200710

Owlett Door closers Architectural ironmongery Door locks Door latches News 200710

KNX Home automation system Automation lighting Building automation system News 200710

Fernox Water treatment manufacturers Chemical water treatment Water cleaner News 200710

Dow Floor insulation Polystyrene floor insulation Roof insulation products News 210710

Cembrit Corrugated roofing sheets Roof cladding Slate roof tiles News 210710

Construction Specialties Wall sheeting Impact protection systems Wall protection sheets News 210710

DuPont Laminated safety glass Office facades Laminated glass panels News 210710

BG Controls Building controls Heating systems controls Energy management company News 210710

Quidos Energy assessors Energy management consultants Air conditioning systems News 210710

Protec Fire alarm systems Fire detection systems Smoke dampers News 210710

CornerTape Sealant tape Silicone tape Sealant products Corner tape News 210710

ERA Multi-point locks Door hardware Door locks Window locks News 210710

Paslode Wood screws Wood fasteners Nail guns Paslode nails News 210710

Construction Specialties Wall protection sheets Hygienic coatings Hospital hygiene products News 220710

Flakt Woods Axial fans Air handling systems Air fan manufacturers News 220710

Monodraught Natural ventilation systems Windcatcher ventilation Sun pipes News 220710

UPS UPS systems Uninterruptible power supplies Power protection products News 220710

Carlo Gavazzi Modular control systems Photoelectric sensors Home automation systems News 220710

Britannia Commercial kitchen ventilation Kitchen ventilation Kitchen extractor fans News 230710

Carlo Gavazzi Current transformers Digital panel meters Energy management products News 230710

Space Air Air heat pumps Air conditioning Water heat pumps News 230710

Pilkington Glass manufacturers Self cleaning glass Insulated glass units News 230710

CK Direct Commercial kitchen ventilation Kitchen extractor systems News 230710

Saint Gobain Drainage pipe fittings Drainage pipe Water drainage pipe News 230710

ICS Eastern Building management systems Building controls Operating control systems News 230710

Schneider Energy management Electrical switchgear Automation controls Home networking News 260710

Catnic Steel lintels Stainless steel lintels Catnic steel lintels News 260710

Schueco Folding sliding doors Sliding door systems Commercial doors News 260710

Action Storage Storage lockers School lockers Steel lockers Plastic lockers News 260710

Mumford and Wood Period style windows Period style doors Conservation products News 260710

Lafarge Lafarge plasterboard Acoustic plasterboard Building materials Drywall systems News 260710

PEL Public address systems Voice evacuation systems Security systems News 260710

HEVAR Energy solutions London hevar Building energy management systems News 260710

Mumford and Wood Period style windows Period style doors Conservation products News 260710

Marley Eternit Wall cladding Fibre cement cladding Fibre cement sheets News 260710

A-Gas Gas cylinders Refrigerant handling Refrigerant cylinders Handling refrigerants News 260710

Andrews Water heaters Condensing water heaters Water heating systems News 270710

Baxi Commercial boilers Commercial water heaters Zero carbon heating News 270710

Leaderflush Shapland Fire resistant doorsets Fire doorsets Performance doorset solutions News 270710

Osram Led lighting Energy efficient lighting Commercial led lighting News 270710

Dimplex Ground heat pumps Dimplex heat pumps Heat pumps News 270710

BlindsUK Window blinds Wooden blinds Venetian blinds Vertical blinds News 270710

Sandtoft Roof tiles Clay tiles Slate tiles Natural tiles News 280710

AVK UPS systems Uninterruptible power supplies UPS remote monitoring News 280710

Schneider Switchgear manufacturers Electrical switchgear Electrical distribution News 280710

UPS Power protection Power supplies Standby generators Ups systems News 280710

Osram Led lighting Luminaire manufacturers Efficient lighting Led luminaires News 280710

Verotapes Surface protection Protection film Heat protection Carpet protection News 280710

NBT Sustainable building systems Building solutions Building envelope systems News 280710

Torry Hill Chestnut fencing Rail fencing Fencing products Sheep hurdles News 280710

Polypipe Rainwater harvesting Rainwater management Terrain drainage Piping systems News 280710

Visqueen Structural waterproofing systems Gas protection systems Building films News 280710

TBS Fabrications Washroom cubicles Washroom accessories Vanity units Duct panels News 280710

The Shutter Shop Window shutters Plantation window shutters Wooden venetian blinds News 280710

Weatherite Hvac systems Air conditioning Kitchen ventilation Heating systems News 290710

Monodraught Natural ventilation systems Windcatcher system Natural ventilation products News 290710

Kalzip Standing seam roofing Low U-value roofing Metal roofing and cladding Solar solutions Green roof systems News 290710

Ardex Floor levelling products Floor screed Floor tile adhesive News 290710

Harlequin Dance floors Sprung dance floors Portable dance floors News 290710

Pilkington Solar control glass Energy saving windows Glass manufacturer News 300710

Armacell Flexible duct insulation Armaflex duct insulation Bacteria protection News 300710

Schueco Skylight systems Aluminium facade systems Aluminium door systems News 300710

Baxi Heating systems Water heating systems Space heating systems News 300710

JS Humidifiers Commercial humidifiers Heat exchangers Cooling systems Humidifier systems News 300710

Flowcrete Commercial flooring Floor coverings Safety flooring Showroom flooring News 300710

Arundel Jones Associates Ltd Registered in England and Wales No. 07334149
Hill Farm, Linton Hill, Maidstone, Kent ME 17 4AL
Tel : 01622 745333 email
copyright all rights reserved

News Categories : Renewable energy
Solar photovoltaic CHP systems
Carbon heating