- Ceramic Fuel Cells - a leading developer of generators which use fuel cell technology to convert natural gas into electricity - reports continuing sales and installations in UK.

It says micro combined heat and power (microCHP) units accredited under the UK's Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and commissioned on or after 1 December will be eligible for an increased feed in tariff of 12.5p per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity generated plus an additional 4.5p per kWh for electricity not used on site and exported to the grid.

The increased tariff applies to the first 30,000 microCHP appliances installed.

It says BlueGen is currently the only fuel cell based microCHP appliance accredited under the MCS and hence the only fuel cell eligible for the UK feed in tariff.

Ceramic Fuel Cells says that in the UK it has taken a highly targeted approach to key market sectors.

One of these key market sectors is social housing where the benefits of BlueGen generation are particularly strong. Ceramic Fuel Cells has recently sold 5 BlueGens into exemplar installations in this market sector, which will be commissioned during December.

Two of these installations have been supported by National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions, including one at The Madeley Centre near Crewe.

National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions managing director Jeremy Nesbitt, commenting on The Madeley Centre installation, said: "we are excited to be involved in this ground breaking initiative. We are keen to promote innovative technologies that help improve energy efficiency and reduce energy bills for vulnerable homes and communities. We are committed to supporting a number of BlueGen installations that will be independently evaluated by UK's leading Fuel Poverty charity, National Energy Action."

In parallel with the social housing exemplar installations, Ceramic Fuel Cells continues to work with Energy Services Company (ESCo) iPower to bring the benefits of BlueGen to the social housing sector under a fully funded ESCo arrangement. Pre-registration for this scheme is now open to all registered social landlords.

Other installations in the last three months include the UK installation of a BlueGen for Ceramic Fuel Cells' chairman, Alasdair Locke.

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