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NEDO Achieves an Overall Efficiency of 90% in Demonstration Test of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

– Planning to conduct continuous operation of 4,000 hours under actual operating circumstances –
July  25,2017
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

As part of a NEDO project, Hitachi Zosen Corporation has installed a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) within the Osaka Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (ORIST). During a demonstration test, the SOFC achieved the highest classification of overall energy efficiency, which combines energy and heat, in the industry, 90%. For its next step, NEDO plans to conduct a continuous operation test of 4,000 hours under the actual operating circumstances, a test needed for its durability evaluation, and will also evaluate the unit's safety and reliability.

Based on the SOFC's market size and profitability, Hitachi Zosen Corporation is aiming for the market introduction of the SOFC power-generating unit in FY2017, targeting supermarkets, convenience stores, office buildings, and multiple occupancy dwellings, in addition to pursuing a possible application as an emergency power supply during disasters.

  • Photo of The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) for commercial and industrial use installed at ORIST
    Figure 1: The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) for commercial and industrial use installed at ORIST

For more information, please contact:

NEDO New Energy Technology Department
Contact Person: Kadowaki Tel: +81-44-520-5261­