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29 May 2009 12:05:06

Fuel Cell CHP device being readied for UK homeowners

Fuel Cell CHP device being readied for UK homeowners
British Gas and Ceres Power have successfully designed, built and tested a 1KW grid-connected combined heat and power (CHP) system in a joint initiative to develop low-carbon energy solutions.

Consisting of Ceres Power's 1KW fuel cell and an integrated ancillary boiler, it is intended that the CHP unit will be able to supply electricity, hot water and central heating to UK homeowners.

Alpha-phase testing of the unit revealed that it was able to meet most of the average household's electricity requirements while also exporting and importing power from the grid.

The companies said that they are on track to launch the residential grid-connected CHP unit for the community in the second half of 2011.

Gearoid Lane, managing director of new energy at British Gas, said: "We are delighted that the alpha phase CHP product testing has been successfully completed and all of the agreed deliverables have been completed on schedule.

"This significant achievement underpins the potential mass market opportunity of the Ceres CHP product for the UK residential market."

Ceres Power's chief executive Peter Bance added that the fuel cell CHP product could make a significant contribution "to the development of a low-carbon economy", adding that it could help the UK reach its emissions reduction targets.



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