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 Sep 20th 2019, 05:54 AM #1 Junior Member   Join Date: Sep 2019 Posts: 1 overall system efficiency Hi all, I'm looking at a problem where I have two different heat generators supplying thermal energy to a building. The first heat generator provides 80% of the building's heating load and has an efficiency of 95% (natural gas boiler) whilst the second heat generator provides 20% of the building's heating load and has an efficiency of 500% (this is an air source heat pump). I want to calculate the overall efficiency and I have gone about it the following way: Heat Generator 1: 0.95 x 0.80 = 0.76 Heat Generator 2: 5.00 x 0.20 = 1.00 Overall Efficiency = 1.76 I am not sure if this is the correct way of calculating the combined overall efficiency. Can someone please review and comment on whether this is the correct method. Thanks

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