RNS Number : 5338L
Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited
02 August 2011
Tuesday 2(nd) August 2011
Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (AIM / ASX: CFU) a leading developer of high efficiency and low emission power products for homes and other buildings, is pleased to announce that the Company's BlueGen gas to electricity generator has been certified by the Australian Gas Association (AGA) for installation as a gas appliance in Australia.
After rigorous testing and evaluation for compliance, AGA has certified the BlueGen to a new standard for fuel cell appliances. BlueGen is the first product to comply with this new standard in Australia.
BlueGen is now certified as a "Type A" gas appliance, which allows BlueGen units to be installed by a licensed and trained plumber / gasfitter as for any other typical gas appliance in Australia. BlueGen has also been certified for both indoor and outdoor installations. Previously the installation of BlueGen was restricted as a "Type B" appliance, meaning that the respective State Technical Regulator was required to inspect and approve each installation.
Over the past few months the Company has been working very closely with AGA. This work included the AGA liaising with the Australian Regulatory Authorities, extensively assessing the design of the BlueGen to relevant standards and conducting independent tests on a BlueGen unit at the AGA testing facilities.
AGA is an independent body which provides accredited product certification and testing services for the gas, electrical and plumbing industries in Australia. AGA product certification is based upon an independent technical assessment of a sample product against relevant safety standards (type-testing) and compliance with any other regulatory requirements.
BlueGen has also received full CE safety approval for installation in homes and other buildings in Europe. The Company is also working towards receiving BlueGen safety approval for North America by the end of the year.
BlueGen uses patented ceramic fuel cell technology to turn natural gas into electricity and heat for hot water, with the highest electrical efficiency of any small scale generating technology in the world. In Australia BlueGen units are installed in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra and Brisbane. BlueGen units are available to commercial customers through distributors Harvey Norman Commercial division and Hills Industries.