The company confirmed this week it has successfully designed and built a 1kW micro-CHP product based on fuel cell technology under the ‘Alpha’ phase of a development programme agreed with British Gas.
The Alpha CHP product integrates the Ceres Power’s 1kW Fuel Cell Module with all of the ancillary boiler components into a single grid-connected unit.
A company spokesman said the unit is “designed to generate most of the electricity and provide all of the central heating and hot water requirements of a typical home, thereby avoiding the need for a separate boiler. “
They added: “The wall-mountable CHP product is easy to install, using the same natural gas, water and electricity connections as existing boilers and has met its size and weight requirements with a width of less than 60cm to fit between standard kitchen units.
“The Alpha CHP product has also been designed for volume assembly and built using production-intent design components sourced from a cost-effective volume supply chain.
“All the key sub-systems and components have been individually tested and successfully met their performance requirement specifications.”
Peter Bance, Chief Executive of Ceres Power, said: “Having achieved this important milestone on time, we are focusing on CHP product testing in the first quarter of 2009, achieving the sign-off by British Gas in the second quarter of 2009 and receiving the £2 million Alpha phase completion payment.”
Gearoid Lane, Managing Director of British Gas New Energy, said: “We are delighted with the CHP product that meets the Alpha phase requirements for
size, weight, installation, service and maintenance.
“We look forward to the completion of the Alpha CHP product testing and the commencement of the Beta phase.”
In a statement in June Ceres Power said it is looking to launch a mass market roll out in 2011 if it achieves its key development targets in line with the British Gas agreement.