Full-fledged studies on the entire value chain of hydrogen production, strage, and utilization
As part of developing future technologies, we are currently studying a solar hydrogen generation technology (photocatalyst) that produces hydrogen from water, by using our proprietary photocatalyst technology and renewable energy, namely sunlight. We are exploring every possibility of hydrogen production technology, including using the Energy and Environment New Technology Pioneer Program, a program funded by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), and aim to realize the technology by around 2030. Research is also underway to develop a high-density storage technology.
Assuming that a society where hydrogen is supplied to each home will be realized in the near future, Panasonic is working to develop a pure hydrogen-type fuel cell that allows us to produce electricity directly from hydrogen with high efficiency and low cost. We have installed prototype devices inside "Yume Solar-kan Yamanashi", Komekurayama in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, a field test site for renewable energy and next generation energy, and conducted electricity production performance tests from 2012. We are planning to continue with this field test.
Widespread use and evolution of pure hydrogen-type fuel cells and inexpensive and carbon-free hydrogen production creates a safe and comfortable hydrogen sciety.
Hydrogen energy is not just clean energy, it can also provide a stable power supply even during an emergency. It is expected to become a power source for homes and societies in the future. Panasonic continues the development to realize this potential from people's homes.