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Assessment of micro-cogeneration potential for domestic trigeneration

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Cogeneration is worldwide considered as the major option to achieve considerable energy saving with respect to traditional systems. This paper deals with the application of micro-cogeneration, Micro-Combined Heat and Power (MCHP) (electrical power <15 kW) to small-scale (residential application) users for the assessment of its use in trigeneration; the state of art of this technology is considered, a test facility designed and built to evaluate the performances of MCHP-Electric Heat Pump (EHP) system itself is described and the Energetic, Economic and Environmental (3-E) analysis in some operation mode to match the users loads is proposed.

Keywords: micro cogeneration, internal combustion, experimental tests, MCHP, micro combined heat and power, CHP, electric heat pumps, EHP, energetic analysis, environmental analysis, economic analysis, environmental technology, residential applications

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