About Powerco

Powerco is one of New Zealand's largest gas and electricity distributors, servicing some 400,000 consumers, representing 46% of New Zealand's gas connections and 16% of its electricity connections.  Powerco has a growing investment presence in Australia and is wholly owned by Babcock and Brown Infrastructure.

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Field Trial Background

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CFCL installed the demonstration combined heat and power unit - CHP2, in Wellington, New Zealand back in July 2005. The initial focus for the field trial is to evaluate the reliability of the complete system and ‘balance of plant' components, which is the important thermal management system for the SOFC stack. Other safety systems including, the gas systems, control software and electronics are also being validated.


  • Validated the remote monitoring capabilities of the CHP2 unit, such as remote start-up and shut-down and fault diagnosis