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New Chp Training Course At Imperial College Fills Knowledge Gap In Energy Reuse

Press Release
15 Sep 2011

The European Energy Centre (EEC), one of the UK’s leading renewable energy training providers, and a leading Lecturer from Imperial College London have designed an innovative training course aimed at helping decision-makers understand the latest technologies in energy ‘reuse’ and the potential paybacks to their business.

The course will be held at Imperial College on the 30th September 2011.

The course has been designed by Dr Christos Markides, a Lecturer in Clean Energy at Imperial College and Paolo Buoni, Director of the EEC, in recognition of the growing interest from both private and public sector decision-makers in satisfying legislative and economic pressure to increase energy efficiency. It is the first of a series of Renewable Energy and Energy Saving training courses organised by the EEC taking place at Imperial College London. As Dr Markides observes, “Many businesses have already taken the first simple steps towards energy efficiency – such as switching off lights when they aren’t needed or monitoring room temperature to reduce fuel use. Some are also considering more well-known, but expensive options like generating their own energy from wind or solar. However, there is a gap in knowledge concerning energy provision through Combined Heat and Power – which is an option in the middle ground between energy reduction measures and renewable generation.”

Training Course at Imperial College

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) involves retrieving the energy wasted from power generation machinery and using it for another heating purpose. Yianni Spanos, an Associate Director at Capita Symonds, explained how the technology works. “With CHP, excess heat energy from engines is recovered from the exhaust, water jacket and oil cooling circuits.” Yianni, who has drawn upon his 10 years of experience in low carbon building strategies to help shape the course continued, “The benefits of CHP include avoidance of climate change levy, legislative compliance with regard to building regulations, reduced CO2 emissions, lower running costs, stabilised running costs and increased security of supply. However, this course will also help decision makers to choose the best type of CHP system for their working environment.”

In addition to exploring the broad financial and legislative incentives for energy reuse, the course will also give participants a thorough technical understanding of the range of reuse technologies available - including the less well known Combined Cooling Heat & Power (CCHP) which makes use of low-grade waste energy. Director of the European Energy Centre, Paolo Buoni said, “CHP is not a one size fits all solution and it can be very difficult for businesses to know which technology to choose. We want to ‘fill a gap’ in knowledge so that people can select the best energy reuse option when designing a new building or refurbishing an existing facility or plant. I am very pleased to have forged this strong connection with leading lecturers, including from Imperial College London, we already work with 21 Universities across Europe and it is a pleasure to now hold courses at Imperial College.”

Bookings for the 30th September course are being taken now. More details about this course can be found by visiting www.EUenergycentre.org/training

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