CFCL was formed in 1992 by Australia's CSIRO (Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organisation) and a consortium of leading energy and industrial companies. A UK subsidiary was established in 2004. The Company is based in Melbourne, Australia and Chester, United Kingdom.

From the outset key agencies and investors recognised the groundbreaking work and potential of CFCL to generate electricity efficiently and cleanly.

Milestones

1970-80s

SOFC research and testing at the CSIRO, Australia’s leading government research organisation

1992

CFCL forms as company with five founding participants, including BHP Billiton, Australian government bodies and the CSIRO.

1993-95

CFCL develops its first generation of fuel cells

1994

Most Australian state electricity utilities become partners

1995

CFCL opens additional facilities in Gippsland, Victoria, opened by Australia’s Governor General

1996-97

Second generation of cells developed to ‘internally reform’ gas, increasing efficiency

1996

New Zealand Electricity Corporation becomes a partner

1997 – 2000

CFCL successfully operates a number of kW size stacks on natural gas and propane

1998

Australian Government awards CFCL A$15M R&D Start Grant

1999

CFCL restructures to become a company limited by shares

1999

Woodside and Energex become major shareholders, other investors include companies in Japan and Germany

2000

CFCL establishes head office and factory at Noble Park, Melbourne

2001 

CFCL begins developing an all-ceramic stack

2002

Commissions 38 new fuel cell test stations

2003 – 2004

CFCL develops ‘balance of plant’ for complete m-CHP systems

Jul-04

Concludes successful capital raising of AUD$25M

Jul-04

CFCL lists on the Australian Stock Exchange with shareholders around the world (ASX code CFU)

Aug-04

Subsidiary company, Ceramic Fuel Cells Europe Ltd established with offices in Chester, UK

Nov-04

CFCL signs contract for first commercial field trial of CHP unit with Powerco of New Zealand

Jun-05

CHP field trial unit launched

Jun-05

Field trial contract with EWE, Germany’s 5th largest energy company

Jul-05

Field trial contact with 40 Albert Road, Melbourne

Oct-05

Net~Gen unit launched at Grove Fuel Cell Symposium.  Net~Gen is a pre-commercial m-CHP unit, less than half the size of the previous units

Nov-05

Test station alliance formed with PrecisionFlow Technologies - USA

March 2006

CFCL admitted to the London AIM market, after an oversubscribed placement raises £37m from UK and European institutions (AIM code CFU)

May 2006

Patents granted for inventions relating to ceramic powders and alternative fuels, such as LPG and ethanol.

June 2006

EWE orders 10 Net~Gen units, to develop commercial ready m-CHP products for the European market.

July 2006

CFCL is awarded the European “CE” safety approval for Net~Gen

CFCL is well positioned to offer its fuel cell systems to appliance manufacturers around the world enabling efficient and reliable generation of clean electricity.