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Ceres Power Holdings plc
24 June 2008
British Gas CHP update
Key technical milestone achieved on contract with British Gas and independent
confirmation of core CHP technology performance
Ceres Power is today hosting a presentation for analysts updating them on the
recent progress on its CHP technology, achievements on the residential CHP
contract with British Gas and providing a roadmap of its development programme
through to mass
Since the demonstration of the Company's CHP unit in September 2007, the core
fuel cell module has achieved its size and weight reduction targets. In
addition, we have completed the Alpha design phase of an integrated
wall-mountable CHP unit with
British Gas. This design meets our agreed go-to-market specification and
satisfies the requirements for mass market uptake including installation,
service and maintenance in a UK home.
The performance of the core fuel cell technology has been independently
confirmed by AEA Energy and Environment (part of AEA Technology plc), which
states that: 'On the basis of the activities and testing witnessed and the data
presented, we can
confirm the following statements:
* Ceres Power has developed and demonstrated a fuel processing capability to
efficiently steam reform natural gas in its compact fuel processor unit.
* Ceres Power has achieved a target heat to power ratio of 1:1 from its
stack technology operating on reformed natural gas.
* The Ceres Power CHP system Alpha target efficiency can be achieved from
its Alpha design'
Ceres Power is confident that it can meet the targets and timescale for mass
market roll-out of the CHP product in 2011 using scaleable volume manufacturing
processes and volume supply chain partners. The Company expects to have built
and tested the
Alpha CHP product in Q4 2008 and Q1 2009 respectively, secured a mother plant
site in Q4 2008 and signed-off the Alpha deliverables as trigger for payment of
#2m from British Gas during Q2 2009.
Peter Bance, Chief Executive Officer of Ceres Power, commented:
'We are delighted to have achieved this important milestone and now have a CHP
design which satisfies the requirements for mass market uptake. The performance
of the core technology has been independently confirmed by AEA Energy &
we have today laid out a clear roadmap to the commercial launch of our
residential CHP product.'
Gearoid Lane, Director of British Gas New Energy, commented:
'We are pleased with the recent progress under our new contract with Ceres
Power. The programme is on track to deliver as planned and we are pleased to
have contributed to the Alpha design that will satisfy mass market
Further details are contained in the management's presentation that is available
on the Company's website: www.cerespower.com
For further information contact:
Peter Bance, Chief Executive Officer, Ceres Power +44 (0) 1293 400404
Ken Cronin, Gavin Anderson +44 (0) 20 7554 1442
About Ceres Power
Ceres is a successful AIM-listed fuel cell business developing a range of global
market applications including residential combined heat and power, on-site /
back-up generators and auxiliary power units for transport. The technology is
commercially available materials for low cost manufacture and, unlike many fuel
cells, the Ceres cell operates on widely available fuels like natural gas and
LPG, as well as on hydrogen.
Ceres has developed a new generation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology
which operates in the temperature range of 500-600ºC enabled by the use of
CGO (Cerium Gadolinium Oxide) as the electrolyte material. This is substantially
the temperatures at which conventional SOFC materials operate, typically
750-1000ºC for YSZ (Yttria Stabilised Zirconia).
The inherently lower operating temperature of the Ceres CGO-based SOFC
technology enables thin ceramic layers to be supported by metal substrates,
which, in turn, provides the basis of cell and stack designs manufactured from
grades of stainless steel, providing excellent sealing integrity, mechanical
robustness, and thermal shock resistance.
Fuel and air are supplied to a stack of fuel cell layers to produce electricity
and heat via a solid state electrochemical process. Unlike combustion in an
engine or with a burner, this process is highly efficient, environmentally
friendly, and quiet.
The uniqueness of the Ceres metal supported SOFC technology and its operating
temperature range provide the basis for a range of attractive commercial
applications in terms of: fuel efficiency, with associated economic savings and
reduction in carbon
emissions; heat-to-power ratio ideally suited for domestic CHP applications and
well matched to seasonal variations in electrical and heat demand; the ability
to operate on a range of commercially available fuels including natural gas and
temperature of operation enabling use of commercially available materials
resulting in reduced product costs.
In conjunction with the Ceres stack programme, the Company has been developing
the non-fuel cell elements within the complete product, known as the balance of
plant ('BOP'), as part of its systems integration activities aimed at delivering
for specific customers. Because of the unique attributes of the technology,
Ceres has been able to dramatically reduce the time and cost of BOP development
and systems integration by utilising mature component supply chains and
ordinary, low cost
materials. Unlike other fuel cell designs which operate at more extreme
temperatures, time-consuming and expensive bespoke solutions for BOP components
are not required.
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