The Australian company, Ceramic Fuel Cells has received accreditation in the UK allowing its BlueGen microgeneration heat and power units to benefit from that country’s feed-in tariffs. BlueGen is the first fuel cell product to be eligible for the UK tariff.

This follows the company’s recent success in obtaining a large order for BlueGen units from the German Government.

The fuel cells use natural gas to generate electricity and heat for hot water. Each unit is capable of producing more than three times the electricity needed to power the average UK home while also providing heat for domestic hot water.

Ceramic Fuel Cells’ CEO Brendan Dow said that the company would benefit further from evolving energy policies in several Western European markets – in particular, the phasing out of nuclear power in Germany. He said that North America also held great potential and that there were significant prospects in China, the Middle East, South Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Brazil.

The company has been lobbying, without success, for its fuel cells to receive a tariff or to be recognized under any other green incentive scheme in Australia.