Tuesday, April 26, 2011

No. 270: Inexpensive industrial fuel cell (April 27, 2011)

Responding to the growing demand for private power generation, Fuji Electric launched an inexpensive industrial fuel cell, which is offered at half price of the existing model, for hospitals, buildings, and plants. The fuel cell generates power by making oxygen react with hydrogen extracted from city gas and propane gas. Priced at about 80 million yen, the new model has an output of 100 kW. The company successfully realized such a low price by downsizing the existing model by integrating the body with peripherals like waste heat processing equipment. The new model allows a hospital with 300 beds to continue an emergency surgery even if power supply is cut off. It usually uses city gas, and it can keep generating power with the reserved propane gas even if the network of city gas breaks down in a disaster. The company has already spun off the special team of fuel cells to start marketing fuel cells in full swing both at home and abroad.

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