The H2 Kibou fuel cell system uses pure hydrogen with a density of more than 99.97 percent and has an electrical efficiency of 56%. “Higher electrical efficiency leads to less hydrogen usage, which contributes to lower total operating costs,” Panasonic stated in a statement.
The system measures 834×417×1,766 mm in length and weighs 205 kg when the design panel is included. The power output may be ramped up to meet demand by connecting and regulating numerous generator units.
In addition, because of its lightweight and small housing, this generator may be easily adapted to a variety of installation situations, including rooftop and in tight areas.
The new device can be utilized in temperatures ranging from -10 to 40 degrees Celsius and at heights not exceeding 500 metres. It can generate electricity and use up to 2.5 kW of its capacity for at least 120 hours during power disruptions. The product can be started in about a minute.
The device was originally utilized by the Japanese company in a prototype hydrogen plant that included photovoltaics and storage at their fuel cell factory in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, in central Japan.
The generator was launched on October 1, 2021 for commercial use in Japan.
Reference- Panasonic Online Newsroom And PR, PV magazine, H2 View website