Ricardo-AEA wins European CHP project

Ricardo-AEA, an international energy and environmental company specialising in consultancy, policy support and programme management, has been appointed by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy to review and update the reference values that help to determine the efficiency of combined heat and power (CHP) plants across the EU.

The combined generation of heat and power using CHP technologies is more efficient than the separate generation of electricity and heat. Under the Energy Efficiency Directive, CHP plants in schemes generating 1MW of electricity or more have to deliver primary energy savings (PES) which are greater than 10%, judged as 'High Efficiency CHP', to qualify for financial support.

The harmonised reference efficiency values for the separate generation of heat and electricity enable PES to be calculated in a standardised way across the EU. The European Commission aims to review and update these values every four years to account for technological developments and changes in the distribution of energy sources.

Ricardo-AEA will carry out the work in collaboration with a number of European partners. Project activities include an extensive data collection exercise on the performance of power stations, heat generation stations and CHP plants including a full review of the existing scientific literature. Consultations will also be undertaken with relevant industry stakeholders using surveys to verify data or address any gaps in the evidence base.

'CHP has a significant role to play in helping countries to make primary energy savings,' says Ricardo-AEA business manager for CHP Mahmoud Abu-Ebid. 'As a result, policies have been developed across Europe to support the development of CHP which currently accounts for around 11% of the EU's total generation of power. We look forward to providing technical assistance on this project for the Commission as the reference values provide an important foundation for the development of CHP policies across Europe.'

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