Combined heat and power (CHP) systems

Publication date 19.09.2011

Eco-technology spin-off in Brussels: higher return from combined heat and power (CHP) systems 

After delivering electricity, power plants usually dispose of a considerable amount of residual heat. The combined heat and power (CHP) system uses this extra energy and by offering this combination of heat and power, a CHP has a return of over 80%.

The most widely spread CHP technologies are internal combustion engines (ICE) and (micro) gas turbines (MGT). All CHP installations deliver a fixed ratio between produced heat and power, which does not necessarily follow the demand on-site. To solve this problem, a new technology has been conceived for MGT CHP installations.

The idea for this technology was first conceived as a sidetrack of Frank Delattin’s doctoral thesis (2010). The new technique can adapt the delivered heat and power as a function of (changing) demand and can augment the electrical efficiency of the engine when no heat is required at all.

The core idea of the project is to create a spin-off company that can commercialize the required components to make flexible power/heat generation possible for microturbine CHP units. The flexibility in power/heat produced allows the installation to increase its yearly running hours, drastically lowering the payback time on the investment.

This Spin-Off In Brussels project, funded by Innoviris is part of the valorization strategy of the MECH group, which is also granted the title ‘grower’ by the Industrial Research Fund (IOF).

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Scientific contact SOIB project: Frank Delattin
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