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A Simplified Self-Help Approach to Sizing of Small-Scale Cogeneration Systems
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The following report is a description of a simplified and a self-help approach to determining the economic feasibility of a small-scale Cogeneration system. It has been compiled for use by the energy managers/physical plant directors of various Texas state agencies, so that an initial screening of the potential candidates for Cogeneration can be made.
DescriptionThe technique used in this study is extremely simple, and certain optimistic assumptions have been made to facilitate the approach. An approximate feasibility of a Cogeneration system will be determined simply from the available billing data for electricity and natural gas use at the state agency. If the decision for a system is deemed to be "GO" or "POSSIBLE" on the basis of this initial screening, then the state agency/building complex will be considered a prime candidate for a more detailed feasibility analysis.
Subjectsmall-scale cogeneration system
Somasundaram, S.; Turner, W. D. (1987). A Simplified Self-Help Approach to Sizing of Small-Scale Cogeneration Systems. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu), Texas A&M University; Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from