Combined Heat and Power Focus

DECC's Free resource supporting the development of CHP

CHP Helpline 0845 365 5153 or 01235 753033

Shutdown Planning & Managment

Any CHP prime mover/electrical generator will require planned shutdowns for servicing, and the preparation and scheduling of these outages is essential. The costs of shutdown include not only the labour and materials for carrying out the planned work, but also the additional costs of meeting the site’s heat and power requirements from other sources. These costs are not insignificant and must be taken into consideration when deciding on the timing and duration of a shutdown. For example, it is not generally advisable to carry out planned maintenance on a CHP plant when electricity costs are high, for instance during midweek daytime periods in winter. Furthermore, it may be cost-effective to minimise the duration of the shutdown by having work continue outside ‘normal’ working hours: the extra cost of labour is usually more than offset by the reduced costs and duration of alternative heat and power supplies.


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UK CHP Development Map

UK CHP Development Map

UK CHP Development Map

UK CHP Development Map Screenshot

The UK CHP Development Tool is the latest version of the map, originally developed as a tool aimed at assisting power station developers consider the opportunities for supplying heat and development of combined heat and power (CHP) as required under planning policy. However, it can also be used by both small and large organisations to help identify the locations where the supply of CHP heat would have the greatest potential, and therefore the largest positive environmental impact.

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