Thursday, 23 June 2011
Ceramic Fuel Cells' BlueGen gas-to-electricity technology wins Microgeneration UK 2011 Technical InnovationAward Thursday 23 June 2011
Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited
23 June 2011
Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited, [AIM/ASX:CFU] a leading developer of high efficiency and low emission electricity generation units for homes and other buildings, today announced its BlueGen gas-to-electricity unit has won the Microgeneration UK 2011 Technical Innovation Award, announced at the culmination of the Microgeneration UK 2011 conference in London.
Microgeneration UK 2011 - which brings together policymakers, investors, suppliers and customers - celebrates the best of the UK microgeneration industry. It is run by Micropower Council, the British Photovoltaic Association and the British Heating and Hot Water Industry Council.
The Technical Innovation Award, one of five categories, was announced at a gala dinner on Tuesday 21 June in London and was presented by Baroness Maddock of Christchurch, President of the Micropower Council.
Baroness Maddock said: "CFCL is playing a key role in pioneering technology that can help provide a source of cleaner, more efficient, low cost energy. Currently collaborating with multiple partners across the globe to help bring cleaner electricity, CFCL is a great example of how innovation within the microgeneration sector can deliver tangible benefits."
Brendan Dow, Managing Director of Ceramic Fuel Cells, said: "We are thrilled to accept this prestigious award, and are delighted that our ground-breaking technology has been recognised by Microgeneration UK 2011. More and more Ceramic Fuel Cells is being recognised as a world leader in the development of fuel to provide reliable, low-emission electricity from widely available natural gas."
In May 2011, BlueGen won both the 2010-11 'CEO Award' - Dupont Australia and New Zealand's most prestigious innovation award - as well as the 'Design for a Sustainable Future' award, one of seven categories at the biennial DuPont Australia & New Zealand Innovation Awards.
BlueGen uses ceramic fuel cells to turn natural gas into electricity and heat for hot water, with each unit capable of producing more than three times the electricity needed to power the average United Kingdom home. Surplus electricity can be exported back to the power grid. BlueGen also provides heat for domestic hot water use. BlueGen units operate constantly, generating 1.5 kilowatts of electricity plus heat for hot water, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of weather.
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Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited
23 May 2011
Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited(1) , a leading developer of and low emission electricity generation units for homes and other buildings, has signed a distribution agreement with RES On-Site Limited, part of the RES Group(2) , to market, sell, install and service Ceramic Fuel Cells' BlueGen gas-to-electricity units in the United Kingdom.
Under the terms of the non-exclusive agreement RES On-Site will distribute BlueGen, targeting the commercial microgeneration energy market throughout the UK. RES On-Site holds MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) installer accreditations in a wide range of technologies and is adding the microCHP accreditation to this and so will provide installation and after-sales service for BlueGen products. It will also support Ceramic Fuel Cells in developing the market for BlueGen.
The RES Group is a leading international renewable energy company with operations across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. To date the RES Group has delivered more than 5GW of renewable energy projects worldwide. RES On-Site sells and installs a range of low emission and heating products for commercial, industrial and public sector customers, including wind, biomass, solar PV and solar hot water.
BlueGen uses ceramic fuel cells to turn natural gas into electricity and heat for hot water, with each unit capable of producing more than three times the electricity needed to power the average home. The UK average domestic power consumption is estimated at 3,300 kWh per annum(3) .
Surplus electricity can be sold back to the grid or used in supplementary applications such as charging an electric car, as well as having the additional benefit of providing heat for domestic hot water use. BlueGen units generate electricity at up to double the efficiency of the current power grid, reducing as well as making significant carbon savings.
Most recently, BlueGen has been successfully chosen to participate in CE Electric UK's GBP54 million low-carbon Smart Grid project.
Commenting on the announcement, Brendan Dow, Managing Director of Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited said:
"To be working with the RES Group, one of the world's leading renewable energy development companies, is exciting news for CFCL and is yet another endorsement of BlueGen.
"The reputation, expertise and market penetration that the RES Group offers means that we are now even better placed to capitalise on the significant market opportunities that the UK offers."
Mike Atkinson - Managing Director, RES On-Site Limited added:
"RES are delighted to add the world leading BlueGen microCHP product from CFCL to our portfolio of class leading renewable and low carbon . This diverse portfolio allows RES On-site to offer our customers the most suitable solution for their specific carbon reduction application.
"The UK Government's tariff structures supporting the deployment of exciting new products such as BlueGen makes the UK a hugely dynamic developing market for renewable technologies and RES On-site is committed to being at the forefront of that market."
Paddy Thompson, General Manager Business Development at Ceramic Fuel Cells added:
"RES On-Site Limited is highly experienced and MCS accredited, and together we are ready to enable BlueGen customers to take full advantage of the microCHP feed in tariff as well as the considerable energy cost and carbon savings made available by BlueGen.
"This is the first UK distributor agreement signed by CFCL and we look forward to working closely with RES On-Site as awareness of the many benefits offered by fuel cell cogeneration grows."
The agreement is in line with Ceramic Fuel Cells' strategy to sell BlueGen units worldwide through a network of distributors and to outsource the sale, installation and service of BlueGen units. The agreement with RES On-Site Limited in the UK follows similar BlueGen distribution agreements with partners in Australia.
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Notes for Editors
1 - About Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited:
-- Ceramic Fuel Cells is developing fully integrated power and heating products with leading energy companies E.ON UK in the United Kingdom, GdF Suez in France and EWE in Germany.
-- Ceramic Fuel Cells has also sold 70 BlueGen gas-to-electricity generators to major utilities and other foundation customers in Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Australia and the USA.
-- Ceramic Fuel Cells is listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market and the Australian Securities Exchange (code CFU).
-- For further information: www.cfcl.com.au
2 - About the RES Group
-- RES On-site is part of the RES Group. RES is one of the world's leading independent renewable energy project developers with operations across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. At the forefront of wind energy development for over 25 years, RES has developed and/or built more than 5GW of renewable energy projects worldwide.
-- The RES Group is active in a range of renewable energy technologies including large-scale biomass, solar, wave and tidal and on-site renewable installations.
-- For more information, visit www.res-group.com
3 - Source: Ofgem 2011.
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Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited
31 May 2011
Tuesday 31 May 2011
Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited [AIM/ASX:CFU], a leading developer of and low emission electricity generation units for homes and other buildings, today announced it has signed a contract to sell 25 BlueGen gas-to-electricty units to Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia).
The units will be installed in homes in Newcastle as part of Ausgrid's 'Smart Grid, Smart City' project. The $100 million project, funded by the Australian Government, is Australia's largest smart grid project.
The 25 BlueGen units - the second largest BlueGen order received by Ceramic Fuel Cells - will be installed in homes over the next few months, generating electricity from natural gas with the world's highest electrical efficiency, as well as providing hot water for the home.
The 'Smart Grid, Smart City' initiative utilises a smart grid - a new type of electricity network that uses advanced communication, sensing and metering that more efficiently manages and demand. The initiative is gathering robust information about the costs and benefits of smart grids, and will inform future decisions by government, , technology suppliers and consumers across Australia.
The project's consortium includes CSIRO, Ibm Australia, AGL, GE Energy, TransGrid, Newcastle City Council and the NSW Government.
The order from Ausgrid follows the company's previous purchase of a BlueGen unit for its Smart Home in the Sydney suburb of Newington. Since the unit was installed in August 2010 it has generated 9,283 kilowatts of and saved 10.4 tonnes of CO2 compared to power from the local grid. Importantly Ausgrid has run the unit in a variety of modes, including constant power and modulating power, to match the typical load of a home. The BlueGen at the Smart Home has been generating about twice as much electricity as the family has been using to run their household appliances and charge an electric vehicle. Any excess electricity generated by the BlueGen has been exported to the grid.
Brendan Dow, Managing Director of Ceramic Fuel Cells, said: "We are delighted that Ausgrid has selected BlueGen units for its 'Smart Grid, Smart City' project. The distributed generation of electricity - creating electricity near the place of use, rather than centrally - is an important part of the future of smart grids."
Ausgrid Managing Director George Maltabarow said: "We're testing whether adding distributed generation like fuel cells can make the grid more efficient by flattening out peaks in electricity demand, as well as deliver benefits to households."