The new Ene-Farm home fuel cell (left) and accompanying hot water unit
The fuel cell's remote control displays electricity generation and CO2 emissions data on a 4.3-inch color screen
The new Ene-Farm fuel cell requires an installation depth of 750 mm, compared to the 900 mm needed for the current model
The new Ene-Farm home fuel cell (left) alongside the current model
By relying on a chemical reaction rather than combustion, fuel cells like the Bloom Energy Server are a more environmentally friendly source of electricity than fossil fuel burning power plants – they’re also easier to fit on a residential or commercial block. Unfortunately, their price is still prohibitively expensive for most people. But things are slowly improving as evidenced by Panasonic’s latest “Ene-Farm” home fuel cell, which was jointly developed with Tokyo Gas. Later this year, the unit will be sold in Japan by Tokyo Gas for 1,995,000 yen (approx. US$22,320).
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