Stirling Engine

Stirling Engine - the first micro CHP plant tested at CCHT

Stirling Engine - the first micro CHP plant tested at CCHT

To advance the testing of combined heat and power technologies, IRC and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) have modified the two research houses at CCHT to allow quick installation and testing of micro CHP systems. The performance capability of CCHT as a micro CHP testing tool has been demonstrated and proven by installing and testing an early micro cogeneration. The result is a proven, highly sophisticated "micro CHP-ready" test facility with the capability to assess residential micro CHP systems and their integration into houses, in real-world conditions.

The first type of microCHP system to be evaluated at the centre was the Stirling Engine. The system employs the Stirling cycle to generate heat and power from natural gas. The first demonstration occurred in early 2003, when a Stirling engine was installed in the Test House. This Stirling Engine was fuelled by natural gas and was capable of producing 736 We, and 6.5 kWth. A fourth generation of the engine was later installed in the InfoCentre to provide heating to the conference room and demonstration area in winter 2004/2005.

Electrical modifications in Test house basement made in preparation for micro CHP systems

Electrical modifications in Test house basement made in preparation for micro CHP systems

Papers

ARCHIVED - Integration and monitoring of microCHP systems in residential application at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology (PDF format, 445 KB)
Manning, M.M. Szadkowski, F. Gusdorf, J. Entchev, E. Swinton, M.C. Douglas, M.
Micro-Cogeneration 2008 (Ottawa, Ontario, 2008-04-29)
pp. 8. 2008-04-29

Siemens, K.; Douglas, M.; Gusdorf, J.; Szadkowski, F.; Entchev, E. Natural Resources Canada Field Trial of the WhisperGen Residential CHP System at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology, CANMET Energy Techhnology Centre, Ottawa, December 2005.

Siemens, K.; Douglas, M.; Gusdorf, J.; Szadkowski, F.; Entchev, E. Natural Resources Canada Field Trial of the WhisperGen Residential CHP System at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology, CANMET Energy Techhnology Centre, Ottawa, December 2005.

ARCHIVED - Micro generation technology assessment at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology (PDF format, 579 KB)
Entchev, E. Gusdorf, J. Swinton, M.C. Bell, M. Szadkowski, F. Kalbfleisch, W. Marchand, R.G.
Energy and Buildings, 36 (9)
pp. 925-931. 2004-09-01

ARCHIVED - Adapting and assessing energy conversion technologies for integration in houses (PDF format, 427 KB)
Swinton, M.C. Entchev, E. Bell, M. Gusdorf, J. Szadkowski, F. Kalbfleisch, W. Marchand, R.G.
Proceedings of the Joint NSC-NRC Workshop on Construction Technologies (Taipei, Taiwan, 2004-04-26)
pp. 187-194. 2004-04-26

Reports

ARCHIVED - Development of Micro Combined Heat and Power Technology Assessment Capability at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology (PDF format, 1.4 MB)
Bell, M. Swinton, M.C. Entchev, E. Gusdorf, J. Kalbfleisch, W. Marchand, R.G. Szadkowski, F.
pp. 48. 2003-12-08

Siemens, K.; Douglas, M.; Gusdorf, J.; Szadkowski, F.; Entchev, E. Natural Resources Canada Field Trial of the WhisperGen Residential CHP System at the Canadian Centre for Housing Technology, CANMET Energy Techhnology Centre, Ottawa, décembre 2005.

Research Highlight

Development of Micro Combined Heat and Power Technology Assessment Capability at CCHT (PDF format, 206 KB)