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Microturbines for CHP on susteinable buildings

Since this is a forum to propose ideas I propose the following:

Instead of the clasical method of power distribution and GW plants, I propose the following:

One 60Kwe turbine for each building of 40 appartments

Smart Grid structure that notify the users when to turm on or off their house equipments. Smart grid tech. is already available. Grid connected in case more energy is needed in the building or on the grid.

Centralized Laundry and cook, no individual wash machines, dish washer, ktchen, water heaters or air conditioners. Only a microwave, a small refrigeratior, cofee maker, hair blower, TV, etc.

By using natural gas pipelines the microturbine can generate all the electricity, heat, heat derived air conditioning and heat derived coking for the building habitants.

During low consumption periods, the plant will generate hydrogen that with the natural gas can sintetize liquid fuel for their cars (gasoline cost $0.36 per Kw of energy and to refine 1 gal of gasoline 0.8 gal of thermal energy is required). Liquid fuel from waste water solids, hydrogen, heat and electricity is also posible reducing ever more the carbon footprint.

Cost of carbon is similar to NG at $0.03 per thermal kw and is clean enough to be burned on each building.

No new infrasteructure and all available and reliable technologies.

80 vehiches (for 40 appartments) at 10 gal of fuel per week is one 100,000 gal truck less on the street every 3 moths. No gas stations and no stop to refueling.

Government can give economical incentives to these projects for reducing the use of city infrastructure and for reducing carbon emmissions.

I do not make the economics calculation but it sounds an overall economical solution and very low carbon footprint.

  • Jul 23 2012: It might work, but I doubt it. It sounds like your proposal would require further government regulations, and speaking as a citizen of the USA that thinks some government regulation is a good thing, I think we have reached the limit on that approach. And I would not count on government incentives either.

    IMO, distributed power production is a good thing, even if it cannot completely replace the big power plants. The smart grid, with smart appliances, is coming, it is in the design stages, but a big hole in the concept is security. If my appliances can be turned on and off by signals from the internet, the internet must be absolutely secure, and no one knows how to do that yet; many think that it is impossible. If I bought a smart appliance today, I would cut out that communication chip myself.

    Something similar to your proposal will probably be attempted soon, and we will all see how the market reacts.