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Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited
03 April 2012
Tuesday 3 April 2012
Germany Introduces Capital Subsidy for mCHP Products
Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (AIM / ASX: CFU) - a leading developer of high efficiency and low emission electricity generation products for homes and other buildings - is pleased to announce that the German Federal Government has introduced a capital subsidy for micro power and heating (mCHP) products, including Ceramic Fuel Cells' products.
From 1 April 2012, subsidies are available for eligible mCHP products which generate up to 20 kilowatts of electricity and meet demanding performance requirements, including a total efficiency of at least 85 percent.
Ceramic Fuel Cells' BlueGen and integrated mCHP products will receive a subsidy of 1,800 Euros per unit.
The subsidy is available to the end customer who installs the mCHP product. The subsidy program is administered by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA), which is part of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).
This program is in addition to the existing German CHP Law, which requires that 25 percent of Germany's electricity generation comes from combined heat and power (small and large scale) by 2020.
Ceramic Fuel Cells' Managing Director Brendan Dow said:
"We welcome this policy to help the deployment of mCHP products. While the subsidy amount is modest, Germany continues to be a leading market for our clean energy products. We are actively discussing additional market introduction programs with State and Federal Governments in Germany. We look forward to these ongoing consultations to help achieve Germany's goal of a significant increase in high efficiency power and heat generation."
Sales & Marketing Momentum Continues
Ceramic Fuel Cells is also pleased to announce that its German sales partner sanevo blue energy has received its first order for a BlueGen unit in Austria, as well as a follow-on order in Switzerland. As part of its first order for 100 BlueGens, sanevo blue energy has sold a BlueGen unit to its Austrian distribution partner and two units to the Swiss regional utility Cosvegaz near Lausanne. Approximately 30 of sanevo blue energy's sales partners are now offering BlueGen to customers across Germany.
Ceramic Fuel Cells has now received orders for 619 products (355 BlueGen products and 264 integrated mCHP units) from customers in ten global markets.
Ceramic Fuel Cells continues to increase its sales and marketing activities in many global markets, including at the following industry events:
E-world, Germany, February 2012
Ceramic Fuel Cells displayed a demonstration BlueGen unit at E-world 2012, held in Essen, Germany. E-world is the largest specialist energy trade fair in Germany, with more than 20,000 visitors. The BlueGen demonstration unit was retrofitted with a window which displayed the Gennex module, the heart of the BlueGen product.
FC Expo, Japan, March 2012
With more than 300 exhibitors and 120,000 industry professionals, FC Expo is the world's largest business to business exhibition and conference on fuel cells. As part of the technical conference, Ceramic Fuel Cells' Chief Technology Officer Dr. Karl Foger gave a presentation on the Company's technology and progress in Europe.
Green Cities, Australia, March 2012
Ceramic Fuel Cells exhibited BlueGen for the first time at Green Cities in Sydney, the largest green building conference in Asia-Pacific. During this exhibition visitors included small and large construction companies, local councils, leading architects and sustainability consultants/engineers.
Ecobuild, UK, March 2012
Ceramic Fuel Cells showcased a BlueGen unit at the E.ON stand at Ecobuild in London, with many visitors showing considerable interest in BlueGen's role as the backbone of a community energy scheme. As part of the conference Mr Paddy Thompson, General Manager Business Development, delivered a presentation on Power led applications for domestic, commercial or community installations. A copy of this presentation is available at www.cfcl.com.au.
Cleantech Forum, USA, March 2012
Ceramic Fuel Cells participated in the 10(th) annual Cleantech Forum as part of an Australian delegation, covering the themes of strategic partnerships across several industries including; utilities, energy efficiency and smart grids. BlueGen was included in these discussions as a component of modernising the energy industry towards a low carbon future.
H2FC 2012, UK, March 2012
The 8th international conference, Smart Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Power - Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Products for a Low Carbon Future, is the UK's premier showcase for the latest in hydrogen and fuel cell products. Ceramic Fuel Cells showcased a BlueGen at this exhibition in Birmingham.
In April 2012 Ceramic Fuel Cells will again be exhibiting at the Hannover Messe in Germany.
The Hannover Messe is one of the world's most important technology events, showcasing groundbreaking innovations at eight international flagship fairs. 2012 also sees the premiere of IndustrialGreenTec, the new trade fair for environmental technology. Ceramic Fuel Cells will be exhibiting within the Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2012 in Hall 27 alongside companies such as E.ON Ruhrgas, EWE and EnBW.
The Company is confident that these sales and marketing initiatives will continue to raise the profile of the Company's world leading clean energy products, and maintain the momentum in sales growth.
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About Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited:
Ceramic Fuel Cells is a world leader in developing fuel cell technology to generate highly efficient and low-emission electricity from widely available natural gas. Ceramic Fuel Cells has sold its BlueGen gas-to-electricity generator 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 also 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.
The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market and the Australian Securities Exchange (code CFU).
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