Micro CHP - Micro combined heat and power

Micro CHP - micro combined heat and power

What is a Micro CHP?

Micro-CHP' means Micro Combined Heat and Power. This Micro CHP generates heat and electricity simultaneously, from the same energy source, in individual homes or buildings. The main product of a micro-CHP system is heat, with some electricity generation, at a typical ratio of about 6:1 for domestic appliances.

Benefits of the Micro CHP

  • Electricity generation as a by-product of heat. When the micro-CHP is generating heat, the unit will also generate electricity to be used in your home (or exported).
  • Carbon savings. By generating electricity on-site you could be saving carbon dioxide compared with using grid electricity and a standard heating boiler.
  • Financial income. Micro-CHP is eligible for Feed-in Tariffs and you will earn a tariff for each kWh of electricity generated by your system. You will also receive another tariff for each kWh of electricity you export. Please note that the Feed-in Tariff is not available in Northern Ireland. For the latest Feed-in Tariff rates please go to our Feed-in Tariff pages. You can also visit our Cashback Calculator to find out how much you could save and earn through Feed-in Tariffs.
  • Installation is easy. For the householder, there is very little difference between a micro-CHP installation and a standard boiler. If you already have a conventional boiler then a micro-CHP unit should be able to replace it as it’s roughly the same size. However, the installer must be approved under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
  • Servicing costs and maintenance are estimated to be similar to a standard boiler – although a specialist will be required.
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