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1 Fuel cell microchp: Greener and cheaper energy for all Paddy Thompson General Manager Business Development Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd. May

2 What does our generation mix look like today? 2

3 Will the lights go out? How will UK generation change over the next 10 years? Coal: will decrease significantly as the EU directive governing emissions from large plant comes into effect. Several large stations will either go offline in 2015/16 or be converted to biomass Nuclear: the government would like to see more nuclear plants, but given the build schedule no new nuclear power plants are likely to come online in the next 10 years Wind: build out of wind power will continue apace, particularly offshore, driven by subsidies. Gas: the default fallback of the government is proving difficult to finance, thanks to the intermittency of wind running CCGT s flexibly negatively affects efficiency and returns Ofgem recognises a risk of insufficient generation capacity by

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5 How can microchp hope to make a difference? Centralised vs distributed generation MicroCHP is micro up to 2kW in the UK so how can this make a difference in a national system needing several GWs of additional power generation? 1. Generate at the point of use: by avoiding distribution losses and generating at the point of use, distributed generation capacity is worth around 7% more than centralised generation capacity 2. Generate at the highest possible efficiency: BlueGen fuel cells offer probably the highest electrical efficiency in the world, but on a fully distributed basis 3. Aggregate generation: there are 18 million domestic gas connections in the UK, if each one had a BlueGen then that would be up to 36GW of flexible capacity (equivalent to 38.5GW of centralised plant) 4. Create virtual power plants: internet based control means a BlueGen power plant aggregating thousands or millions of installations can balance intermittent wind power, with minimal efficiency losses MicroCHP gives individuals and businesses the power to change the way we generate and use electricity 5

6 How do fuel cells fit in...? Controllable, high-efficiency Distributed Generation 6

7 Power Generation Technology: Efficiency Retail pricing vs Wholesale pricing CFCL s 7

8 What about heat pumps and electric cars? Electrical demand is expected to increase significantly Heat pumps and electric cars will place new demands on the system Electric cars displace petrol and diesel consumption but increase electricity demand, expect around 4,000-5,000kWh per year each Heat pumps displace gas, oil or LPG consumption but increase electricity demand, expect around 4,000-8,000kWh per year each Localised, distributed generation will balance these new demands for electricity with new supply of electricity Electric cars will typically be charged at night when solar panels aren t running but BlueGen is Heat pumps can be controlled to run with a flat electricity demand profile, matching the BlueGen generation profile 8

9 Why is BlueGen important? Controllable, distributed power BlueGen provides controllable, distributed, baseload power generation at half the emissions of the grid BlueGen can modulate rapidly to compensate for the intermittency of renewable generation BlueGen is highly scaleable from 2kW to 36GW and can be controlled remotely over the internet as a single power plant or many power plants BlueGen is the most efficient use of methane, whether from natural gas or renewable sources, in terms of primary energy use BlueGen is combined heat and power but much more power than heat 9

10 How is BlueGen being deployed today? Three key early markets Social housing Installations under an energy services company model No cost to Housing Association Guaranteed electricity tariff discounts for residents New build Holistic approach to residential buildings Integrate best available technologies Energy services funded by energy services company Cost savings for developer and cost savings for residents Small businesses, retail chains and schools Reduction in energy costs with capex fully funded Improving EBITDA without increasing debt Educational benefit for schools Certain minimum criteria 10

11 Taking the sustainable approach Environmental, economic and social sustainability Environmental: Each BlueGen will save 3-4 tonnes of CO 2 each year using natural gas Using biomethane or green gas this increases to 8 tonnes of CO 2 each year BlueGen integrates extremely well with heat pumps, further increasing environmental benefits Economic: The primary energy savings generate a societal economic benefit Energy efficiency steps such as fuel cell microchp provide significant savings Social: BlueGen works best when used on a shared basis Local generation brings local jobs in installation and maintenance Guaranteed electricity tariff discounts of at least 10% alleviate fuel poverty 11

12 How much will this cost? Full financing available today Annual feed in tariff income for each installed BlueGen is approximately 2,000 today, i.e. 20,000 over the 10 year life of the microchp feed in tariff at today s prices Fully installed cost is less than 20,000 per unit at low volumes Financing has been made available for qualifying installations For social housing projects where the electricity generated can be shared between tenants For new build projects where the electricity generated can be shared between residents (social or private housing) For small businesses where all the electricity will be used on site Ongoing costs of gas and maintenance are around 20% less than the avoided cost of the power and heat generated There is a cost saving for users from day 1 Fuel cell microchp is available today at no upfront cost! Minimum of 50 installations for each funding tranche 12

13 What next? Major community projects Helping towns and cities take control of their own energy again From small villages to major cities Integrated approach with other low carbon and renewable technologies Solar PV, heat pumps, anaerobic digestion, small scale wind Sharing the benefits of low carbon generation across the community Environmental, economic and social benefits Greener and cheaper energy for all, by all 13

14 Thank you Paddy Thompson General Manager Business Development E: 14

15 Disclaimer BlueGen is a registered trademark of Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited. This Presentation has been prepared by, and is proprietary to, Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited ( CFCL ). This Presentation does not constitute or form part of an offer for sale or subscription or an invitation or solicitation of an offer to subscribe for or purchase any securities and neither this document nor anything contained herein shall form the basis of any contract or commitment whatsoever. No representation or warranty, express or implied, is given by CFCL, its Directors, employees or professional advisors as to the accuracy, fairness, sufficiency or completeness of the information, opinions or beliefs contained in this document. Except in the case of fraud, no liability is accepted for any loss, cost or damage suffered or incurred as a result of the reliance on such information, opinions or beliefs. The information in this Presentation reflects prevailing conditions and the views of CFCL as of this date, which are subject to change. CFCL

16 Technology Basics... Ceramic Fuel Cells SOFC technology: 16

17 Energy balance At 1.5 kw export power 0.17 kw e Electrical parasitic losses for system operation (including grid connect inverter) 2.48 kw Fuel Input (LHV) 1.67 kw e Gross stack power (DC) 0.81 kw th Heat 1 Up to 0.54 kw th 1.5 kw e Net power (AC) Useful Heat Export to grid Heat recovery system kw th Lost exhaust heat 0.15 kw th Heat loss from Gennex 1. Including some HHV (latent heat) recovered from the fuel input 2. Based on exhaust gas cooled to 30 C 17

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