• What is a fuel cell?

    Basically, a fuel cell is a high efficient device that generates Direct Current electricity from a hydrogen rich gas through an electrochemical reaction. If you go to our Fuel Cell Fundamentals section you will find a fact sheet with further information about your question.

  • What is a fuel cell made from?

    CFCL use an optimised blend of materials specially designed for different parts of the fuel cells. These comprise of: Electrolyte - Yttria doped Zirconia (YSZ), Cathode - complex oxides including Lanthanum-Strontium-Manganese-oxide and for the Anode - Nickel-Zirconia (YSZ)-cermet.  For more information on the construction of a fuel cell visit our Info Centre.

  • What fuels can your fuel cells operate on?

    Right now, we have designed our solid oxide fuel cell system to use natural gas.  It is also possible to re-design the fuel cell system to use other fuel sources such as hydrogen, LPG, bio-gas, coal gas, ethanol, methane and other hydrocarbon fuels.

  • Can I buy a unit?

    We are in the middle of the product development stage and we are only producing highly sophisticated ‘pre-commercial' and prototype units for testing and development.  This means that the costs per unit are significantly higher than traditional mass-produced generators/boilers.  Once we have finished our development, we are planning to build a production volume fuel cell manufacturing plant in Germany - to scale up production in order to significantly reduce unit costs.  So unfortunately, we do not have any units available for sale to ‘consumers'.

  • Can I get a demonstration unit?

    We currently have a small number of field trials with our 1kW demonstration micro-combined Heat & Power (CHP) unit.  In 2007, we expect to conduct further trials of our 'Net~Gen' pre-commercial unit with selected utilities and appliance manufacturers - so unfortunately we can't provide a demo unit.  Our strategy is to work with appliance companies who would manufacture the units in volume.  Our focus is on the 1kW electric micro-CHP unit as our first product to 'go to market', initially targeting Europe.

  • Why target the European market?

    Simply because the potential for highly efficient heating & power appliances is being driven by European market.  Firstly, energy in Europe is becoming expensive; already many European markets are familiar with Combined Heat & Power (CHP) units.  Also there is a range of financial benefits available for CHP units and other efficient energy technologies - such as a specific German CHP rebate and 'in feed bonus' of about 5 Euro cents / kW.  While in the UK the VAT on CHP units has been cut from 17.5% to 5%.  Apart from these benefits, once the units are deployed in large numbers it is likely the European energy utilities would get 'carbon credits' which they can trade on the EU emissions trading scheme (set up under the Kyoto protocol).

  • When will you commercialise?

    Our strategy is to work with appliance companies who would manufacture end user products in volume. This is still a couple of years away, although naturally we're trying to bring this forward as much as we can.  We plan to build a fuel cell manufacturing plant in Germany, starting in 2007 and becoming operational in 2009.

  • Will there be more field trials conducted?

    We are currently field trialling our 1kW demonstration micro CHP unit, and we expect to conduct further trials in 2007 of our 'Net~Gen' pre-commercial unit with selected utilities and appliance manufacturers.  The aim of the field trials is to demonstrate and prove the technology to appliance manufacturers and utilities while further developing the technology ready for the domestic market.

  • Where are your current trials?

    Our current trials are in Wellington, (New Zealand), South Melbourne, (Australia), and two locations in Germany.  We are not expecting to do a lot of field trials in Australia at this stage - our strategic focus is to test the product with utilities and appliance manufacturers rather than more widespread trials in houses.  For more information on our field trials visit our News section.

  • Do you plan to manufacture in volume?

    Yes, we do plan to manufacture in volume, from a German plant, which we plan to build over 2007/08, with output ramping up in 2009.  Naturally we're trying to bring this timeline forward as much as we can. Our focus is on the 1kW unit as our first product to 'go to market', initially targeting Europe.  Later on we plan to look at other products and markets such as 5kW units for the USA and Asia.  Our current trials are in Wellington, (New Zealand), South Melbourne, (Australia), and two locations in Germany.  For more information on our field trials visit our News section.

  • Can I subscribe to get current information sent to me?

    If you'd like to be kept up to date with what we're doing you're welcome to visit our Announcements section.

  • Which stock exchange is Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd listed on?

    We are listed on the Australian Securities Exchange under CFU.  We are also listed on the London Stock Exchange AIM market also under the code CFU.  Visit www.asx.com.au or www.londonstockexchange.com for more information.