Hydrogen Fuel Cell Generation - Residential
More than 10,000 Panasonic premium heating systems, which produce heat and electricity, have already been installed in Europe. This product enables homeowners to generate electricity while they heat their homes with a "fuel cell heater". Beginning in May 2009 in Japan, Panasonic became the first in the world to start selling residential fuel cells that generate power from hydrogen extracted from natural gas. Hydrogen fuel cell generators will soon be available to commercial customers, with a power generation output of 5 kW. These are expected to be used at hydrogen stations, commercial facilities, etc. Linking the operations of these generators will also enable the adjustment of output to the scale of facilities.
"Hydrogen" is drawing attention as a next-generation energy source. It produces clean, sustainable energy. By chemically reacting with oxygen, hydrogen creates electricity and the only byproduct from this process is water. Panasonic has been researching hydrogen energy technologies for over 20 years, and it is now developing highly efficient, low-cost pure hydrogen fuel cell generators.
Environmental and energy issues are now of worldwide concern. There are global initiatives underway, such as the Paris Agreement that encourages countries to work together to tackle global warming and the "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)" established by the United Nations. The UN Climate Action Summit 2019 held in September the same year urged companies to take more aggressive action as well. Japan is aspiring to become "carbon-neutral" with virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Panasonic's Vision of a Hydrogen Society: https://youtu.be/87H2A20Sffw