Potential opportunities for increased fuel cell deployment in Australia: A ceramic fuel cell case study

Sivaraman, D, Lockrey, S and Carre, A 2011, Potential opportunities for increased fuel cell deployment in Australia: A ceramic fuel cell case study, Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited, Melbourne, Australia


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Title of report Potential opportunities for increased fuel cell deployment in Australia: A ceramic fuel cell case study
Author(s) Sivaraman, D
Lockrey, S
Carre, A
Year of publication 2011
Publisher Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Subjects Design Innovation
Engineering Design not elsewhere classified
Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (CFCL) is a pioneer in manufacturing solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology. In this study,six (four federal and two state) regulatory opportunities for SOFC technology are identified, and the potential of utilizing the fuel cell system on site under those regulatory frameworks is explained. In addition, utilizing the fuel cell system on site to enable specific types of buildings to earn energy and low carbon accreditation is also investigated using illustrated examples, including the widely used NABERS framework. For the latest 'Green Star Tool for Public Buildings', installing a fuel cell system on site for the examples presented in Victoria and Northern Territory results in an estimated maximum of thirteen out of twenty credit points through greenhouse gas abatement for the buildings analysed. These differed in the rate of points gained and abatement achieved within the Green Star framework for the same base building constraints, due to the different states' electricity grid carbon intensity. Tasmanian marginal greenhouse gas factors in Green Star appear to be closer to Victoria's to possibly account for the inter‐connection via BassLink, even though the average factor is low. However gas infrastructure is limited in Tasmania, so this may affect potential for fuel cells anyway. This study can be utilized to identify the current regulatory opportunities for the technology in Australia, to develop specific strategies for increasing the technology deployment in the future.
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