Panasonic Unveils Hydrogen Generator

Oct. 22, 2021
The company launched the fuel cell generator for commercial use in Japan.

Panasonic Corp. has developed a pure hydrogen fuel cell generator that it claims boasts industry-leading electrical efficiency.

Launched Oct. 1, 2021, for commercial use in Japan, the 5-kilowatt (kW) generator – scalable to increase power output by linking multiple units – produces power through a chemical reaction with high-purity hydrogen and oxygen in the air, Panasonic stated. Observing that the generator requires no fuel processing device to extract hydrogen from natural gas, Panasonic maintains the product achieves 56% electrical efficiency. The company calls that efficiency level is “the industry’s best” for a pure hydrogen fuel cell generator.

In addition to scalability and 56% electrical efficiency, Panasonic noted other generator features include:

  • Applicability to cogeneration when linking the generator to a hot water storage unit, converting heat from the fuel cell to hot water and achieving 95% total energy efficiency via heat recovery
  • Power generation ability during an outage by connecting the generator to a resistor unit and a startup power supply unit
  • Quick, approximately one-minute startup capability.

Panasonic plans to market the hydrogen fuel cell generator under the “H2 KIBOU” trade name.