Beyond the electricity-only production: Towards a distributed multi-generation world

Gianfranco Chicco, Pierluigi Mancarella

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    Abstract

    The emerging technologies for small-scale distributed generation are shifting the focus from the centralized to the local production of electricity. Besides the electricity-only production, the evolution of small-scale cogeneration units is enabling energy efficiency improvements with respect to the separate production of electricity and heat. Additional benefits may be obtained by exploiting the potential small-scale cooling production technologies. The combination of technologies to form distributed multi-generation systems is one of the most promising issues in the evolution of the energy sector. This paper discusses the technologies and schemes allowing for effective deployment of distributed multi-generation solutions, and introduces the relevant efficiency indicators and the technical aspects concerning the interaction among the equipment producing different types of energy. Specific trigeneration solutions (for combined production of electricity, heat and cooling) are analyzed in detail. Finally, the potential energy and economic benefits from adopting distributed multi-generation systems are outlined. © 2007 IEEE.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPOWERENG 2007 - International Conference on Power Engineering - Energy and Electrical Drives Proceedings|POWERENG - Int. Conf. Power Eng. - Energy Electr. Drives Proc.
    Pages219-224
    Number of pages5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007
    EventInternational Conference on Power Engineering, Energy and Electrical Drives, POWERENG 2007 - Setubal
    Duration: 1 Jul 2007 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Power Engineering, Energy and Electrical Drives, POWERENG 2007
    CitySetubal
    Period1/07/07 → …

    Keywords

    • Absorption machines
    • Cogeneration
    • Electric heat pumps and chillers
    • Engine-driven units
    • Multi-generation
    • Trigeneration

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