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IE-CHP join CHPA & Green Investment Bank on CHP & Energy Efficiency expert panel at the ecoConnect Forum

Posted: 25th September 2014

ecoConnectCombined heat and power (CHP) technology is a recognised tool for energy efficiency across a multiplicity of commercial and industrial end-users: by integrating & combining the production of usable heat & electricity, reductions in carbon emissions of up to 30% can be achieved compared to the separate means of conventional generation & potential cost savings of 15%-40% over electricity sourced from the grid & heat generated by on-site boilers.
It is a sector with support – through the EU Cogeneration Directive which seeks to promote the use of high efficiency CHP where there is an economically justifiable demand for heat – and one which is seeing growth. The number of CHP schemes in Scotland rose from 87 in 2010 to 118 in 2012.

But barriers to take up exist: CHP plants are capital intensive; savings are only achieved when the plant is operational so there must be a high & constant demand for heat; the site, infrastructure & source of supply need to be suitable & grid connection remains an issue.

Debating the Issues will be our Expert Panel including:

Kate Turner, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons LLP
Gregor Paterson-Jones, Managing Director – Energy Efficiency, Green Investment Bank
Jonathan Graham, Policy Manager, Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA)
Dr David Kane, ​Systems Development Manager, IE-CHP

Moderated by: Dave Pearson, Director, Star Renewable Energy

Topics to be Discussed Include:

• Which areas of CHP (eg. micro, industrial, linked to District Heating) are showing the greatest success & why?

• Given the different levels of penetration for CHP in Scottish industries (eg. 11.1% of capacity is in paper/printing but only 2.8% is in food/drink), where are the sectors for growth?

• How big a game-changer is electricity storage and which technologies are the focus area for CHP?

• Where is the long-term funding come from? Are the financial incentives currently in place enough? Are investors interested &, if not, why?

• What is the role of innovation (eg. Biomass Indirect Air Turbines, Organic Rankine Cycles in increasing the proportion of plants powered by renewables?

• Who/what will drive the industry – utilities, SMEs, community initiatives, District Heating? And are there forward obstacles to engagement?

Followed by a drinks and networking reception hosted by Pinsent Masons LLP

 

WHEN
Thursday, October 23, 2014
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE
Pinsent Masons LLP
Princes Exchange, 1 Earl Grey Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AQ

FORUM FEE
£30 + VAT for non-members
ecoConnect Members attend at a 50%-100% discount

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