A combined heat and power (CHP) system generates both electrical power and heat from a single fuel (e.g. natural gas). The system comes with a whole host of benefits. The technology was devised to serve large buildings such as hospitals. Today however, it is also available to be used in single family homes .
This is a system that captures sunlight, converts it into heat and uses this to reheat the water in your pipes.
Solar panels allow you to convert light directly into electricity. This is done by the converter. The expected output is dependant of the electrical capacity and the orientation of the panels.
Some five years ago, the future for private wind turbines looked extremely promising. In the meantime, however, this enthusiasm has diminished significantly. There are various reasons for this, the principal one being the lack of wind in Belgium at a height of 10 to 15 metres.
The difference between rich and lean gas is their calorific value, i.e. a different quantity of energy. However, this difference does not affect your bill.
There are three possibilities: buying green energy, owning shares in a green producer, or producing it yourself.
The gas we use in Belgium is imported from abroad. The electricity is generated in Belgium and in the neighbouring countries in different types of power stations.
You can sell your green certificates at the market price to an energy supplier or an intermediary.
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A private individual who generates power receives one green certificate per 1,000 kWh. However, a multiplication coefficient applies in Brussels. This guarantees that the installation is cost effective.
The smart meter or intelligent meter is an electronic meter that is capable of recording and transmitting power consumption data. Smart meters will be rolled out in Brussels gradually.
Microgrids are energy distribution systems which only involve a small group of connections. They can operate independently or be connected to a larger grid.
Electricity is the same for every home in Belgium. But if you choose a green electricity contract, your supplier undertakes to produce or buy a quantity of electricity equivalent to your consumption generated using renewable sources.
In the liberalised energy market, you are mainly in contact with two players: the supplier and the distribution system operator. However, alongside these two main parties, other companies or bodies also contribute towards supplying energy and ensuring that the market runs smoothly.
Our Dutch neighbours have decided to halt the extraction of lean gas. In Brussels, conversion to rich gas will be a four-year process, from 2020 to 2023.
The rates you get through collective energy purchasing are not systematically financially more rewarding than those you could get yourself by contacting a supplier directly. However, they are still profitable in certain cases.
In Brussels the roll-out of the smart meter is being organised by Sibelga, the power and gas distribution network operator.
A small photovoltaic generation installation (≤ 10 kVA) may automatically disconnect from the network. These automatic disconnections occur when the voltage or the frequency at the attachment clamps on the converter reach values that are too low or too high. There may be several reasons for this.
Your installation has to fulfil technical and regulatory conditions for you to be entitled to green certificates.
This measure is not applied in Brussels. The smaller number of solar panels here means that the situation in the capital is quite different. Of course, this may change, and Brussels may yet follow in the footsteps of Flanders.