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Mon Mar 4, 2019, 08:35 AM

Japan: A success story in deploying Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration



Japan is the world-wide leading country in developing and deploying Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration. As a highly industrialised country consuming large amounts of energy and possessing few natural resources, Japan is diversifying its energy system and increasing its efficiency. These efforts were intensified following the Fukushima disaster. The development of hydrogen as an energy resource is high on the country’s agenda. The use of hydrogen in Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration is a logical choice to maximise efficiencies. The PACE project had the pleasure of speaking to Mr. Tomohide Satomi, Deputy Director-General at the Fuel Cell Commercialization Conference of Japan. In Europe, there are many lessons to be taken from the ENE-FARM project, the Japanese government funded initiative to develop and install Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration:

Q: How many fuel cell micro-cogeneration units have already been installed in Japan?

Japan has installed around 270,000 active units as of 2018. Over 235,000 of these active unites have been installed under the ENE-FARM programme.

Q: Why did the Japanese government decide to support the commercialisation of the fuel cell micro-cogeneration technology?

A demonstration project which took place between 2005 and 2008, had installed 3,000 Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration units in Japan. One of the main conclusions of the project was that an average Japanese household could prevent 1.2 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year with a Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration unit. The government understood that large scale implementation of this technology could help the country achieve CO2 reduction goals... http://www.pace-energy.eu/japan-a-success-story-in-deploying-fuel-cell-micro-cogeneration/



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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Mon Mar 4, 2019, 08:51 AM

1. interesting...

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Mon Mar 4, 2019, 09:05 AM

2. yet if done properly, nuclear energy is a fraction of the cost and produces zero emissions.

imagine that

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Response to MumblyPeg (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 4, 2019, 09:45 AM

3. nuclear power ''BAD'', even though that is how the Sun works...and that is the power source for any

space faring race.

And yes, I know the difference between fission and fusion...but I'm keeping it simple here for the bernie supporters.

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Response to quad489 (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 4, 2019, 01:29 PM

4. If you know they aren't the same, why compare them?

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 4, 2019, 01:48 PM

5. ''why compare them?''...and where did I do that?

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Response to quad489 (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 4, 2019, 01:58 PM

6. Mumbly was talking about nuclear power on earth.

You said that's how the sun works. That is a comparison.
Even though it isn't how the sun works. You know the difference but still said that's how the sun works.

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 4, 2019, 02:08 PM

7. Interesting, could've sworn mumblypeg was talking about nuclear energy...

...nice job proving the bernie sanders supporter smarter.

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Response to quad489 (Reply #7)

Mon Mar 4, 2019, 02:47 PM

8. He was. He was talking about nuclear energy.

Don't pretend you thought he meant straight up nuclear energy. He meant nuclear fission reactors for generating electricity and emissions.

Otherwise, you wouldn't have brought up the fission/fusion distinction.

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 4, 2019, 08:11 PM

9. ''you wouldn't have brought up the fission/fusion distinction'' thanks for confirming you're whining

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Response to quad489 (Reply #9)

Tue Mar 5, 2019, 05:54 AM

10. If you say so.

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 5, 2019, 08:58 AM

11. And yes, thanks for the free rent...

...or maybe your posted response to Aquila's OP was somehow removed.

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2019, 10:23 AM

12. How is your hydrogen car doing?

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Response to Aquila (Original post)

Tue Mar 5, 2019, 10:32 AM

13. The Fukushima plant did just fine, surviving an earthquake stronger than it was designed for

Until the Tsunami took out the fuel tanks for the backup generators to power the cooling pumps.

Gee, don't you think the designers would have placed the fuel tanks a little higher?

I have seen design screw-ups like this happen time after time, when all it took was a little forethought to avoid a disaster.

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