Micro-CHP project for Energetix and E.ON

Chester-based alternative energy company Energetix Group has signed an agreement with E.ON UK to develop and deploy micro combined heat and power technology in UK homes.


Chester-based alternative energy company Energetix Group has, through its Genlec division, signed an agreement with E.ON UK to develop and deploy Genlec’s micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP) technology in UK homes.



The companies intend to collaborate on the development of a fully integrated micro-CHP system, incorporating Genlec’s Organic Rankine Cycle unit that can be fitted into UK homes. The Genlec unit, similar in size to current gas boiler designs, is sufficiently small and lightweight to be wall-mounted in the home.



Under the agreement, E.ON will fund the testing and evaluation of a Genlec micro-CHP system at the Energetix facility in CapenhurstTechnologyPark, Cheshire to UK micro-CHP test methodology standards, which will be verified by independent experts EA Technology.



The evaluation, which is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2008, will outline the energy savings achieved during testing of the Genlec micro-CHP system, assess its commercial value and appraise its economic potential.



Adrian Hutchings, CEO of Energetix Group, said: ‘Energetix is delighted that E.ON has recognised the potential of our technology and our expertise by funding further testing and analysis of the performance, achievable energy savings and commercial value of the Genlec micro-CHP system. Attracting such deep involvement from the world’s largest investor-owned power and gas company highlights the significant market potential for Genlec’s wall-mounted micro-CHP units.’



Charles Bradshaw-Smith, head of innovation at E.ON, said: ‘We are already looking at a range of microgeneration options for the UK, all of which have the potential to help our customers become more energy-efficient and so reduce their carbon emissions. Furthermore, our Sustainable Energy Solutions team now offers business customers the opportunity to purchase a range of microgeneration and low-carbon technologies. We certainly believe that Energetix’s system has the potential to also make a difference, which is why we’re co-operating with them on development and eventual roll-out.’