One part of the cooling industry will benefit from the RHI, as the government has ruled cooling from absorption and adsorption chillers as eligible for payments.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change said: “Heat used for cooling counts towards the renewables targets under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and therefore, provided it meets all other eligibility criteria, it will be eligible for RHI support.Heat can be used to provide cooling through absorption chillers; this is quite common practice in commercial and industrial uses. Therefore, cooling delivered in this way will be supported under the RHI.”
With the tariff likely to be dictated by the initial heat source, this is thought likely to benefit both biomass trigeneration systems and the developing area of solar sorption chillers in the Middle East.
However, disappointingly for many in the industry, DECC did not rule cooling from heat pumps as eligible, ‘as it does not count under the Renewable Energy Directive towards our renewables targets’. Thus only the heat element of generation from heat pumps will be eligible.
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