Lews Castle College UHI and Tighean Innse Gall have linked up with the University of Oulu in Finland to develop a unique, energy initiative that promotes the use of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems which utilise clean energy and reduce household energy costs. The project aims to address fuel poverty by using some of the heat used in people’s homes to generate electricity. Stewart Wilson, Director of Tighean Innse Gall, said: “It’s potentially brilliant for residents of the Western Isles, in that as heat is produced electricity comes from the same source. “This will improve efficiency, reduce electricity consumed from the grid and lower energy bills.” The purpose of the project is to promote the uptake of CHP in the region using solid renewable biomass and gasification methods that will be appropriate for remote households. A new affordable solution is proposed that uses local renewable solid biofuel in a small-scale micro CHP system. The advantage of this approach is that all fuel used is carbon neutral, transport costs are minimal, and there are reduced CO2 emissions.
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