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.