Heat trading offers a number of potential advantages, as explained by Sten-Erik Björling, a researcher specialising in civil and environmental engineering solutions at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden. He says, 'Local generation may be more expensive, but you don't have the risk that one or two major burst pipes could jeopardise supply and the distribution costs are somewhat lower. It could therefore make perfect sense to match fluctuations between commercial buildings, where heat demand is highest during the day, and residential schemes, where it's higher in the mornings and evenings.'
This would benefit millions of EU citizens with locally produced heat, from solar collectors, biomass-fired boilers and micro-scale combined heat and power (CHP) plants.
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Trigeneration is one step ahead of cogeneration that is the residual heat available from a CHP system.
Trigeneration refers to the simultaneous generation of electricity and useful heating and cooling from the combustion of a biomass fuel or a solar heat collector. Conventional coal or nuclear-powered power stations convert only about 33% of their input heat to electricity. The remaining 67% emerges from the turbines as low-grade waste heat with no significant local uses so it is usually rejected to the environment.
Via Stephane Bilodeau
Some of us may have romantic visions of giant crackling fires beneath ornate mantels to warm our homes once the chilly days have settled in for their stay. But alas, given the inefficient heating of open fires and the general lack of Citizen Kane-ish fireplaces these days, some of us may find ourselves huddling around a space heater instead.
Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. It used to be that electric space heaters were, aside from being hideous to look at, an expensive way to heat since electricity is one of the costliest ways to warm up the house. But new models incorporate features that make them much more energy-efficient (like thermostats and timers, for starters). And for people who choose to heat only one room, or supplement in an area if the whole house is being kept cooler, space heaters can have a great impact on energy usage.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Savers website, radiant heating has a number of advantages over other forms of heat distribution: “It is more efficient than baseboard heating and usually more efficient than forced-air heating because no energy is lost through ducts.” It is also flexible as it can run off of a variety of energy sources: Gas, oil, wood, solar and other sources or combinations thereof can feed radiant systems. And radiant heating is a good choice for those with severe allergies as no potentially irritating particles get blown around the room.
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