Multi-fuel combined heat and power plants are becoming part of the move towards renewable-based distributed generation. The new Zabrze project in Poland looks set to be a forerunner for smaller community-based projects in the country and elsewhere. Junior Isles of The Energy Industry Times provides his views.
published in The Energy Industry Times, March 2018 Issue
The move towards distributed generation is gathering momentum, largely driven by the falling cost of wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) along with advances in battery-based energy storage. But, although leading the way, wind and solar are not the only distributed energy resources (DERs) that are increasingly playing a part in the evolving energy landscape. Fuel flexible plants that can burn biomass-only or a mix of solid fuels to generate both heat and power for high fuel efficiency are also becoming an increasingly popular option, especially for community district heating or industrial installations. These multi-fuel plants utilise renewable fuels and are fully dispatchable, avoiding the intermittency and energy storage issues faced by wind and solar plants.Read full article