A Japanese consortium is now testing a 100 kW fuel cell system in Tokyo. The system uses green hydrogen and waste plastic hydrogen to heat the industrial building. The goal of the demonstration is to create a hydrogen energy utilization model for cities that combines global and local hydrogen sources.
The new system is designed for commercial and industrial applications and has a power of 100 kW. It is currently being tested The Tokyo Tech Environmental Energy Innovation (EEI) building, where it receives green hydrogen from a photovoltaic system and storage shelves for hydrogen generated from plastic waste.
“The system is the first in the world to mix renewable energy hydrogen and waste plastic hydrogen, feed the mixture into a fuel cell and connect it to a building’s air conditioning system for advanced use of electricity and heat,” said the Japanese consortium.
The purpose of the demonstrator is to create an urban hydrogen energy utilization model that properly mixes global hydrogen and local hydrogen.
The project uses fuel cell technology supplied by Toshiba – the H2Rex system. The Japanese company says solid polymer fuel cells are able to follow changes in load as they can change output, making them ideal for power generation applications. The company said the system can be up and running in about five minutes.