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Victorian Government Places Significant Order with CFCL

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (CFCL) has received a conditional order for 30 BlueGen gas-to-electricity generators from the Victorian government’s Office of Housing, which will install the units in public housing properties in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria. The project will demonstrate the operation of the units and the benefits to tenants that result from the generation of low-emission power and hot water for the home.

The Victorian Government announced the $1.35 million project as part of its Jobs for the Future Economy: Green Jobs Action Plan. The funding for the Green Jobs package, including the purchase of the BlueGen units, is conditional on the Victorian Parliament approving changes to the landfill levies proposed by the government. The project is also conditional on the Office of Housing and Ceramic Fuel Cells jointly agreeing a model for the delivery of future BlueGen maintenance services. Provided these conditions are met, the 30 BlueGen units would be installed from late 2010 to early 2011.

“We are delighted with the Victorian government’s significant order for our BlueGen units and we look forward to deploying the units across the state,” said Brendan Dow, CFCL’s managing director. “We are confident the Victorian government will become an important strategic customer of Ceramic Fuel Cells, and that their involvement will assist with building momentum for the take-up of our units, both in Australia and overseas.

“The Federal Government recently suggested that Australia will need to invest at least $100 billion in electricity infrastructure during the next decade in order to meet growing demand for electricity and replace aging infrastructure. Under the current system of centralized electricity production and distribution, the primary reason for increases in electricity prices is the cost of power production and distribution infrastructure.

“A smarter alternative, one that is gaining traction particularly in Europe, is distributed generation-the creation of power close to where it is used. A network of highly efficient gas-powered electricity generators installed in homes, offices, buildings and factories is significantly less expensive because it dramatically reduces reliance on large capital cost infrastructure.”

In announcing the project, Victorian Housing Minister Richard Wynne said, “The truly exciting thing about BlueGen is that it is highly energy efficient and produces very low levels of greenhouse gases. That’s not only a win for the environment, but also a win for public housing tenants through lower gas and electricity bills.”

For more information, visit www.cfcl.com.au or www.vic.gov.au.

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