Developing a new policy framework for the use of combined heat and power technology in small and medium enterprises.

Webber, Darius Crispin (2004) Developing a new policy framework for the use of combined heat and power technology in small and medium enterprises. PhD thesis, Middlesex University.

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Abstract

The aim of this research is to develop a new policy framework for the use of Combined Heat & Power systems' (CHP) in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises2 (SMEs). This entailed an assessment of the extent to which the current national policy framework for the use of CHP is effective and from contemporary data obtained from CHP operators, policy makers, designers and regulators, subsequently to develop a new policy framework. The design of the research process combines the strengths of engineering, economic and social policy academic disciplines for an examination of the potential for the use of CHP in SMEs. The research methodology dictated the use of qualitative and quantitative methods for data collection. The analyses of the data collected formed the basis for proposing a new Governance policy framework designed to encourage the use of CHP in the SMEs. The new Governance framework is proposed as an amalgamation of Support Systems set on the macro and micro levels of SME governance. A Governance Support System (GSS) offers SMEs an integrated structure for regional sustainable development, including flexible decision support base. The Business Decision Support System (BDSS) is designed as a simple tool for use by SME managers' considering CHP as part of any proposal involving capacity constraints for heat or electricity in the business. The thesis concludes that proactive adoption of the new Governance framework would allow for easier access of SMEs to CHP systems as well as assisting the Government in meeting its climate change objectives. 1 A CHP system is one that simultaneously produces heat and electricity in a single process. 2 Enterprises that employ less than 250 staff, with an annual turnover no more than 40 million Euros andis less than 25% owned by s large enterprise.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
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A Thesis submitted to Middlesex University in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Research Areas:Theses
School of Law > Social Policy Research Centre
ID Code:6770
Deposited On:08 Dec 2010 10:30
Last Modified:26 Jul 2014 21:45

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