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MELBOURNE, 13 May 2011

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd wins DuPont CEO’s Innovation Award

Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd was today announced winner of DuPont Australia and New Zealand’s most prestigious Innovation Award, the DuPont CEO’s Award, for its BlueGen Mini Power Stations for Global Markets.


Blue Gen® is a mini power generator for homes and small commercial buildings that uses ceramic fuel cells to convert natural gas into electricity and heat for hot water, reducing energy costs and delivering significant carbon savings.


Announcing the award from the United States, DuPont Chair and CEO, Ellen Kullman, said via a video link:


‘Since 2004 these awards have recognised the commercialisation of outstanding science and technology solutions that are meeting the big challenges – in Australia and around the globe.


‘Global population will pass the seven billion mark in 2011, and exceed nine billion people by 2050 – or about 150,000 more people on the planet every day. This translates into critical needs in the areas of: feeding the world, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, and keeping people and the environment safe.


‘These megatrends are driving our science and innovation.

‘But providing for the food, energy and protection needs of a growing population will require more than DuPont science.


‘So we are building alliances with people, companies, governments and organizations around the world in an effort to improve the lives of people everywhere. That’s how DuPont thinks and works today.


‘We know that no one company, one government, one region of the world can do this alone. But together, we can accomplish what no one can do alone.


‘Tonight, the CEO’s Award will be presented to a company whose entry is helping to reduce dependence on fossil fuels by providing a source of cleaner, more efficient, low cost energy.


‘Currently collaborating with multiple partners across the globe to help bring cleaner electricity to markets in Europe, the United States and Japan, as well as Australia, tonight’s winner is a great example of the important innovation happening in Australia and New Zealand that can benefit people everywhere.

‘Tonight the DuPont CEO’s Award goes to Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited for their Blue Gen® electricity generator,’ Ms Kullman said in a video to the award participants.


DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, in the United States, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.


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