Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited recently announced that Paloma, a global home heating manufacturer and owner of the Rheem, Solahart and Raypak brands, will install a BlueGen power and heating unit in its warehouse and sales office in Sapporo, Japan. Under the agreement, Ceramic Fuel Cells will supply a BlueGen unit for a 12-month demonstration beginning in the first quarter of 2010. BlueGen will be connected to the existing Japanese natural gas pipeline and the power grid.
Ceramic Fuel Cells has been working with Paloma since early 2008. In September 2008, Ceramic Fuel Cells installed a demonstration system at Paloma’s facilities in Nagoya. The unit was successfully operated on one fuel cell stack for the agreed six-month trial. The unit exported power to the local grid and met all of Paloma’s technical performance requirements, including daily modulation (where the power output of the unit is turned up and down each day to mimic the power needs of the average Japanese home).
BlueGen offers small-scale electricity generation. About the size of a dishwasher, each BlueGen unit can produce up to 17,000 kilowatt hours of power a year-twice the electricity needed to power an average home. Surplus electricity can be sold back to the grid.
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. Paloma’s website is located at www.paloma.co.jp/english