On October 10th, Japan's DAINICHI (Daeichi) Industrial Co., Ltd. (Niigata City), which produces petroleum heating equipment, held a press conference at the company's headquarters to announce the joint development and commissioning of the world's smallest fuel cell unit.
The fuel cell unit (rated power 400w) of the ENE-FARM, a family fuel cell cogeneration system jointly developed by DAINICHI (Daichi) Industrial Co., Ltd. and Kyocera Corporation (Kyoto) and Hakone Co., Ltd. (Shizuoka Prefecture) Adopted by Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. It is reported that the Tokyo Gas Company will also use the heat source machine produced by Bai Fuji Co., Ltd., and it is expected to be officially launched on October 30. The chairman of DAINICHI Yoshii, who attended the press conference, said that through the joint development of fuel cells for decades, the new product was released. The fuel cell unit will be supplied to the Tokyo Gas Company under the Kyocera brand, and a large number of pre-sale orders will be obtained at the beginning of the sale. In the future, fuel cell units will become the backbone of DAINICHI.
The small ENE-FARM fuel cell unit achieves miniaturization by reducing the volume of the unit stack and hot water storage tank and improving the shape configuration. In addition, due to the low center of gravity, the installation work can be completed in a short time and at low cost. Moreover, the noise value is only 38 decibels, which can be set in residential-intensive residential buildings. The rated power generation of the fuel cell unit is 400W, which is related to the popularity of energy-saving home appliances and the awareness of energy conservation in general households after the Great East Japan Earthquake. It is estimated that CO2 emissions can be reduced by about 1 ton per year. The fuel cell unit is also equipped with an automatic repair function for sustainable power generation in the event of a disaster. Even if there is a power outage, it can be normally supplied as long as there is a gas supply. After being installed with the heat source equipment, geothermal heating can be used even if the power is cut off.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan has set a target of 5.3 million units of stationary fuel cells by 2030. Chairman Yoshii said that there is great potential for future development and I hope to contribute to the popularity of fuel cells in Japan.