104 CHP Economics

The economic competitiveness of CHP is site specific and varies according to size and load applications. With new market rules and new technologies, past guidelines and rules of thumb may no longer apply. In this section, the competitive position of CHP is evaluated in terms of future electric and gas prices, CHP technology cost and performance, and a set of plausible demand patterns of customers by size and application. Forecasters typically provide only average prices. Because CHP significantly alters a customer's load profile, an analysis based on average prices is of limited value. Typically, analysts divide rates into base-load, intermediate, and peaking (in order of increasing costs).

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

The solar Stirling engine is progressively becoming a viable alternative to solar panels for its higher efficiency. Stirling engines might be the best way to harvest the power provided by the sun. This is an easy-to-understand explanation of how Stirling engines work, the different types, and why they are more efficient than steam engines.

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