Life with Hydrogen Energy
The Birth Town of Clean Energy
Resident of “Hydrogen Town”
Oh, welcome. Long time no see. Is this the first time that you’ve seen “hydrogen town?” Well, these roofs with their solar panels make this town a landmark. We generate hydrogen using solar power, and people are living using hydrogen energy. Hydrogen can generate electricity by binding with oxygen, but its only byproduct is water. So it’s very clean energy with a much lower environmental impact.
Panasonic is a company that has been researching hydrogen energy for more than 20 years. They commercialized Ene-Farm, a system to generate electricity and hot water by separating out hydrogen from natural gas. That developed into a Pure Hydrogen Fuel Cell that can generate electricity using only hydrogen without emitting any CO2. The idea to efficiently generate electricity directly from hydrogen, and at low cost, was thought to be a far-fetched dream when development began. But thanks to their never-give-up spirit to advance the research, almost all the power demand in town is covered by hydrogen energy. At times of peak power demand, we can share electricity that each household generates. So everyone in the entire community is helping each other.
Pure Hydrogen Fuel Cell is not only clean, but it also has the characteristics of not depending on weather conditions or the time of day. It is used as a stable energy source that can be used even times of emergency. I hope that utilization of hydrogen energy will become the norm for other areas as well. “100% carbon neutral energy,” separating hydrogen from water by electrolysis using solar, wind and other renewable energy sources, will hopefully become available in the near future.
The technology and solutions presented here were announced in the above press release or exhibition. Some are in the R&D stage or are under consideration for commercialization.