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Tokyo Setting New Standard
February 22, 2011, 5:49 pm
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Tokyo just might be on to something.

Yesterday, it was announced that Panasonic has joined forces with Tokyo Gas to develop fuel cell technology that would allow the citizens of Tokyo to energize their homes.

As stated in the Hydrogen Journal, “By using the system to provide electricity, heating and hot water, Panasonic estimates that users can reduce ‘primary’ (gas + electric) consumption by 35 per cent, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 48 per cent, and cut annual electricity bills by 50,000 to 60,000 yen (USD $600 to $720). The generation efficiency is rated at 40 per cent, compared to 37 per cent efficiency for the previous model.”

One of the greatest aspects of fuel cell technology, in my opinion, is that since the electricity is created on site, there is no energy lost during the transmission.  Talk about efficient!

This isn’t the first time Panasonic and Tokyo Gas have produced a product that reduces one’s carbon footprint, but rather a more efficient version of the 2009 model.  It is half the size of the original product, and as Panasonic stated, it is the “world’s highest power generation efficiency.”

The new Ene-Farm can be used for up to 50,000 hours, or roughly 6 years of 24-hour a day use.

I wonder how long it would take for Panasonic to make a U.S.-friendly version of the Ene-Farm.  If the federal government would partner with Panasonic to make units that would be usable in all types of living quarters in the United States, we could drop our consumption of coal exponentially.  The possibilities are endless.  We just need to take a stand and push for this incredible technology.

For more information on the Ene-Farm, please click here.

 

 

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