It’s the time of year for predictions for the coming 12 months. From my current research into the residential combined heat and power (CHP) market, one of the key trends that has come up again and again is increasing energy efficiency in the home. Traditionally this was all about insulation, but now we are moving to a far more holistic view of energy production and consumption in the home.
In Germany, 2012 will see the relaunch of the Mini-KWK-Impulseprogramm, according to an article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Little detail has so far been released on the new program, apart from the initial budget of 20 million Euros.
Assuming the resurrected 2012 version of the residential CHP subsidy program is somewhat similar to the original it is worth outlining here the salient points of the original.
The so called “Mini-KWK-Impulseprogramm” explicitly covers CHP in the residential sector, specifying CHP systems under 50kWe in size. Adopters of prototypes cannot be in receipt of subsidy money from this program – they must be commercial.
In terms of subsidy available for the installation of small CHP, Table 3.1 is taken from information from the German government outlining two tiers of subsidy.
In addition, the adopters of the systems must go through one of the many local German energy companies such as Stadtwerke Karlsruhe and Stadtwerke Mainz. The larger national utilities such as EnBW and EWE were not eligible for this program.
Moving Down Under, December saw the launch of the draft Australian Energy White Paper, which again focuses on energy efficiency in the home. Here, though, solar power is the technology of choice – for producing electricity for the home and for heating.
Two examples from very different sides of the planet, and two different approaches, one technology agnostic and one far more prescriptive. What they have in common is the attitude that we, the resident, can do a lot more to increase the efficiency of the spaces we occupy. Not only will this cut bills, but it will also help reduce emissions from the residential sector.
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