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The Design for a Sustainable Future category is a broad-ranging category for innovations adopted for commercial use between January 1, 2008, and March 31, 2010, in Australia and/or New Zealand. Entries will be judged on degree of innovation, scope of application (current and potential), commercial significance and benefit (current and potential), degree of collaboration, and environmental sustainability.
Ceramic Fuel Cells’ BlueGen gas-to-electricity units connect to a building’s existing natural gas pipeline and water mains. BlueGen units operate constantly, generating 1.5 kw of electricity plus heat for hot water, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Over the course of a year, each unit can produce about 13,000 kw hours of electricity-more than twice the power needed for an average Australian home. The heat byproduct is enough to produce 200 liters of hot water each day.
Award winners will be announced on May 13 in Melbourne. For additional details, visit www.cfcl.com.au.