Australian company, Ceramic Fuel Cell's BlueGen fuel cell device was recently awarded a prestigious government award in Germany for the most innovative company to invest in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia this year.
At its new production facility in Heinsberg, Germany, Ceramic Fuel Cells is producing “a key technology of the future". The Victorian-based company was praised by NRW.INVEST, North Rhine-Westphalia's economic development agency, for investing €9.5m (AU$14.16m) in the facility and contributing “to a more efficient and cleaner energy supply in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Ceramic Fuel has not attracted nearly as much excitement in Australia, forcing Ceramic Fuel Cell to go global to survive. Roughly the size of a dishwasher, BlueGen fuel cell devices use solid oxide fuel cell technology to convert natural gas into electricity and heat. They generally produce more than enough electricity to power the average household.
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