Wednesday 20 June 2007

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited :: Applications: "Fuel Cells, and in particular Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), are suitable for a number of applications that utilise heat. As the SOFC operates at high temperatures (approximately 800 degrees Celsius) there is a significant potential for other technologies and applications to recover some of the ‘waste heat' from the fuel cell to increase the overall efficiency of the unit.

As CFCL strives to increase the electrical efficiency of the fuel cells -less and less heat becomes available for recovery. Depending on heat requirements, most appliances requiring coupled heating devices may therefore need an auxiliary burner."

There is growing demand for energy across the globe. Demand for electricity is forecast to double from 2002 to 2025. Yet the existing supplies may not cope with this demand, and significant investment is needed in new generation systems that also meet higher efficiency and environmental standards.

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited is providing solutions. I also love this company. CFCL listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in July 2004, and on the London Stock Exchange AIM market in March 2006. CFCL's stock code on both markets is ‘CFU'.

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd (CFU) was granted a patent in Japan in 2006 for a coating used on electrical interconnects in fuel cells, giving Ceramic Fuel Cells a total of 46 granted patents and therefore significant scope to expand its designs and product options and offers opportunities for future revenue streams.
The company believes this innovation can provide a cost-efficient means of reducing the contact resistance within a solid
oxide fuel cell stack, which increases the power output of the stack,ultimately leading to lower cost and higher efficiency. The Japanese patent joins patents granted to Ceramic Fuel Cells for the same invention in the UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Australia and New Zealand.

Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited is supplying German energy company EWE with ten NetGen micro combined heat and power (m-CHP) units as part of an ongoing trial to commercialize m-CHP for the European market.

Monday 18 June 2007

DYESOL has enormous potential

Dyesol has been a pioneer in the field of Dye Sensitised Cells over the last 10 years and is now providing the key dyes and Titania pastes to many of the research and commercial organisations developing DSC applications.

DSC technology can best be described as ‘artificial photosynthesis’ using an electrolyte, a layer of titania (Ti02)(the white pigment used in white paints and tooth paste) and ruthenium dye sandwiched between glass. Light striking the dye excites electrons which are absorbed by the titania to become an electric current many times stronger than that found in natural photosynthesis in plants. Compared to conventional silicon based photovoltaic technology, Dyesol’s technology has lower cost and embodied energy in manufacture, it produces electricity more efficiently even in low light conditions and can be directly incorporated into buildings by replacing conventional glass panels rather than taking up roof or extra land area.

The Company – DYESOL Limited
Dyesol is located in Queanbeyan NSW (near Canberra) and in August 2005 was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX Code ‘DYE”). Dyesol manufactures and supplies a range of Dye Solar Cell products comprising equipment, chemicals, materials, components and related services to researchers and manufacturers of DSC. The Company is playing a key role in taking this third generation solar technology out of the laboratory and into the community.