Biomass-based small and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems: application and status in the United Kingdom

Anthony Bridgwater, Alejandro Alcalá, Maria Gyftopoulou

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This chapter discusses the current state of biomass-based combined heat and power (CHP) production in the UK. It presents an overview of the UK's energy policy and targets which are relevant to the deployment of biomass-based CHP and summarises the current state for renewable, biomass and CHP. A number of small-scale biomass-based CHP projects are described while providing some indicative capital costs for combustion, pyrolysis and gasification technologies. For comparison purposes, it presents an overview of the respective situation in Europe and particularly in Sweden, Finland and Denmark. There is also a brief comment about novel CHP technologies in Austria. Finally it draws some conclusions on the potential of small-scale biomass CHP in the UK. © 2011 Woodhead Publishing Limited All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmall and micro combined heat and power (CHP) systems
Subtitle of host publicationadvanced design, performance, materials and applications
EditorsRobert Beith
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-85709-275-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-84569-795-2, 1-84569-795-2
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2011

Publication series

NameWoodhead publishing series in energy
ISSN (Print)2044-9364
ISSN (Electronic)2044-9372


  • biomass
  • small-scale combined heat and power
  • CHP
  • bioenergy
  • renewable energy


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