Fuel cell break through

Shinji Amaha, Kei Ogasawara, Yasuharu Kawabata, and Hisataka Yakabe, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. Jeongwook Khang, Korea Gas Corporation

February 1, 2017

Focus on reducing CO2 emissions continues to be a high-priority, especially after the landmark framework reached at COP21. Although using renewable energy is the most direct and effective way for this subject, it takes so long time to come to self-sufficient by renewable energy. Thus during the transition period to the low carbon society, we must continue using fossil fuels. Using fossil fuels as effectively as possible is another practical solution to reduce CO2 emission and we must consider how we make efficient use of them.    

Fuel cells are expected as one of the effective methods to use fossil fuels because electricity can be produced successfully through the electrochemical reaction of fossil fuels. While over several decades, much effort has been paid to the research and development of them, it is not easy to implement their technology. The past few years, however, at last several fuel cell technologies were exploited and they are now under popularization. Various types of fuel cells, such as polymer electrolyte, phosphoric acid, molten carbonate, and solid oxide fuel cells have been developed intensively and commercialized in Asia, Germany and the United States.   

In this report, the current status of fuel cell technologies, especially in Asia is reported.

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