Aug 01, 2023

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TOP 5 Tech Stories: Panasonic’s Hydrogen Fuel Cells Are Spearheading a Sustainable Tomorrow

Discover Panasonic’s groundbreaking hydrogen fuel cell technology, H2 KIBOU, which is revolutionizing the energy landscape. With a strong commitment to a decarbonized society, H2 KIBOU emits zero CO2 and achieves an impressive electrical efficiency of 56% to lead the charge towards a hydrogen-powered future. By demonstrating the full-scale use of hydrogen in Japan and abroad, Panasonic is playing a vital role in achieving global carbon neutrality. Click through to learn more about these remarkable advancements and their impact on our sustainable future.

  • H2 KIBOU is a cutting-edge pure hydrogen fuel cell generator that targets small-scale commercial facilities and can be scaled up at will by connecting multiple units.
  • A resilient power generation solution that can be started up quickly, small hydrogen fuel cell generators make for efficient use of limited space.
  • H2 KIBOU can be used for cogeneration, converting heat generated from hydrogen fuel cells for efficient energy use, enabling continuous power generation during power outages.

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  • A modular renewable energy system that combines 570kW of electricity generated by solar panels with 495kW from hydrogen fuel cells and 1.1 MWh of lithium-ion storage batteries to generate and store clean energy.
  • Panasonic’s proprietary Energy Management System (EMS) controls the entire process, monitoring the changing demand for power at the plant.
  • Commercialization will start with Panasonic factories and eventually be expanded overseas as part of global carbon neutrality efforts.

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  • The RE100 Factory solution supplies 100% of the electricity consumed in business activities from renewable sources by using an in-house power generation system combining pure hydrogen fuel cell generators and photovoltaic generators.
  • Demonstrates full-scale use of hydrogen, aiming to resolve issues with photovoltaic power generation, such as large installation areas and weather susceptibility, while ensuring efficient and stable electricity supply for business activities.
  • Installed at Panasonic’s Kusatsu site in Japan, the RE100 factory uses pure hydrogen fuel cell generators developed based on ENE-FARM technology, capable of scalable power output and flexible installation options.

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  • Panasonic and ATCO Australia have installed a 5kW pure hydrogen fuel cell generator in Western Australia, marking the first Australian test demonstration of Panasonic’s hydrogen fuel cells.
  • Pure hydrogen from ATCO’s pilot site—the Clean Energy Innovation Hub—pipeline is injected into the Panasonic hydrogen fuel cell, which converts it into electricity. 
  • An innovative hydrogen initiative, Panasonic hydrogen fuel cell converts hydrogen to electricity efficiently on site to help power the facility.

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  • Global interest in hydrogen is growing as a way to bridge the supply gap and promote clean energy transitions in sectors such as transport, buildings and power generation.
  • Hydrogen fuel cells are expected to be a stable and versatile green power generation technology to contribute to carbon neutrality through advanced hydrogen fuel cells in buildings and power generation.
  • Panasonic’s Wuxi project in China, built on the success of the RE100 factory concept for the full-scale use of hydrogen in Japan, demonstrates the versatility of hydrogen fuel cells for a sustainable future.

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