Whilst the concept of Community Combined Heat and Power (CCHP) is relatively new to North America, it has been in use within Europe for many years, such as HOATHLY HILL, Scotland. The fundamental idea of CCHP is simple: connect multiple energy consumers to cost-effective, environmentally optimal heat sources through a piping network. The source of the heat is provided by our combined heat and power plant using a high heat industrial grade wood pellets.
Systems installation is considered to be cost effective when it achieves 1 Megawatt hour (MWh) per metre per year (MWh/m/yr). This ‘benchmark’ is based on CCHP systems for multi-family dwellings located in densely-populated urban areas however installing district heating systems can also be cost-effective in outlying areas, despite the lower heat demand density of 0.5 MWh/m/yr.
In outlying areas there are far fewer design and construction constraints related to existing infrastructure (telecommunications or sewage systems) and lengthy approval processes. In addition, the piping design for low heat density areas is simpler and can be made from lighter, cheaper materials.
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