Ceramic Fuel Cells’ BlueGen is Star Performer in Sydney’s ‘Smart Home’
06 Feb 2012
Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited has announced that its BlueGen fuel cell system has exceeded expectations at the Ausgrid 'Smart Home' in Sydney, Australia. During the first eighteen months of its operation, the gas-to-electricity system generated twice as much electricity as needed by the home.
Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said an analysis of energy use and generation at the smart home showed it was producing enough electricity to power two average households, but with 65% less greenhouse gas emission. This despite the fact that the family living at the Smart Home charged the home’s car – a new Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle – around eight times per month and drove it for more than 5,000 km, adding an average 2.5 kWh a day to the home’s electricity use. Myors likened the Smart Home to a ‘fully functioning power station’.
The 1.5 kW BlueGen unit produced an average of 28 kWh per day and saved 6,950 kg of carbon dioxide over a year. It is used alongside a 1.5 kW solar power system, from which the average output during the same period was only 4 kWh per day, saving 1,470 kg of carbon dioxide.
Following this first BlueGen installed in the Smart Home, last year Ausgrid ordered 25 BlueGen units as part of the AUD100 million ‘Smart Grid, Smart City’ project. These 25 BlueGens are now installed and operating in homes in Newcastle, New South Wales.
For more information on the Smart Home experiment see: www.ausgrid.com.au