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Centrica agrees micro-CHP deal with Disenco Energy

Micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) manufacturer and designer Disenco Energy has secured a partnership deal with British Gas owner Centrica.

The two companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will mean they will collaborate on the development of Disenco’s patented technology and HomePowerPlan (HPP) micro-CHP system. This will include jointly working on trailling, marketing, installing and distribution of the appliance.

The Sheffield based company’s HPP system transforms waste heat into electricity and could potentially cut household bills by 35 per cent while also offering the chance to earn money by selling electricity back to the grid. It claims the potential pay back for installing the HPP is under three years.

Field trials are expected to start in early 2009 followed by commercialization before the end of that year.

Disenco believes Centrica’s customer base in the UK and United States offers huge opportunities with some analysts predicting micro-CHP could account for 30 per cent of the UK replacement boiler market by 2015.

Tony Caplin, Chairman of Disenco Energy , said: 'This arrangement represents further endorsement of Disenco´s product, technology and business strategy.

'Hard on the heels of the significant agreement recently announced with Endesa of Spain, it demonstrates the interest amongst global utilities in deploying Disenco’s highly efficient, cost saving and low-carbon products. We now look forward to working with British Gas to achieve commercialization by the end of 2009 and at the same time securing significant orders on both sides of the Atlantic.”

Disenco said the HHP system combines a condensing boiler system with an external combustion Stirling engine and an electrical generator.

The dishwasher-sized appliance provides the simultaneous, on-site generation of heat and electricity from a single fuel source at up to 92 per cent energy efficiency rates.
HPP operates on any liquid fossil fuel, including bio-fuels, but primarily natural gas and propane.
Electrical output from the generation of heat is 3kW electrical and it delivers 12 to 18kW thermal heat, sufficient for the heating and hot water needs of a family of four. Output can be increased to 25kW when coupled with a thermal store.

Gearoid Lane, Managing Director of British Gas New Energy, said: 'The arrangement with Disenco is further evidence of our strategy to invest in low-carbon technology development. We are aiming to build a portfolio of technologies that will enable us to meet customer, property and existing systems needs with solutions that enable the generation of cheap, reliable and low-carbon energy.”