1 Introduction</h5> Cogeneration, i.e., Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation, is a viable strategy often promoted  as one of the most promising available solutions for energy saving and emission reduction  . Micro-CHP systems, i.e. generators with nameplate electric power output roughly below 100 kW and more often in the range 1–10 kW, are under investigation in many industrialized and developing countries, mostly as potential substitute of domestic boilers or in isolated applications.</P>The issue of μ-CHP performance assessment is of great importance (examples of performance characterization can be found in Refs. [3,4] ), especially considering new machines based on not-fully-developed or less consolidated technologies and with regard to the local regulations, as highlighted by Peacock et al. in Ref.  . The available/under development technologies in this sector (review of the current technology can be found in Refs. [6,7] and in Ref.  analyzing Energy, Economic and Environmental implications) are small Internal Combustion Engines (ICE), Micro Gas Turbines (MGT), Micro Rankine Cycles (MRC), Stirling Engines (SE) Fuel Cells (FC) systems and Thermo Photo Voltaic (TPV) generators; these systems do not have an equal level of technological development or maturity (see Refs. [9,10] for FC μ-CHP performance data
Applied Thermal Engineering – Elsevier
Published: Oct 22, 2014
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