The UK and EU market for larger CHP and CCHP units based on micro gas turbine in the power range above 25kW electrical started growing in the last few years due to the reduction in costs and better understanding of the environmental and economic benefits of these systems. This has started to take significant share of growing market from reciprocating engines, particularly due to increased concern about the high NOx emissions of IC engines and the high maintenance costs and down time which are alleviated by the use of micro gas turbines (MGTs). The launch of several IC base CHP systems of the 10kWe power range reflects increased interest from the market although their high capital costs and large size is still restricting wider expansion. Independent market research shows demand from potential customers such as motorway service stations, if suitable MGT based units become available.
Samad Power has developed and tested a prototype of a micro gas turbine generating 10 kW electricity and 40 kW heat (recuperated) and is intending to offer low emission MGT based CCHP unit in >10kW power range for small supermarkets, schools, motorway service stations, care homes, gyms and blocks of flats or similar size premises.