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As of October 2013, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd., Toho Gas Co., Ltd., Saibu Gas Co., Ltd., Shizuoka Gas Co., Ltd., Keiyo Gas Co., Ltd., Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., Hokkaido Gas Co., Ltd. Hiroshima Gas Co., Ltd., Odawara Gas Co., Ltd., Oita Gas Co., Ltd., Okayama Gas Co., Ltd., Daiwa Gas Co., Ltd. and Tobu Gas Co., Ltd. have adopted the Panasonic household fuel cell (ENE FARM) and are promoting its installation and adoption in detached houses. We have shipped a total of approx. 31,000 units.

Panasonic plans to make greater contributions to the solution of energy and environmental challenges by expanding the spread of household fuel cells in urban areas. To achieve this goal, we will release a household fuel cell lineup tailored to the installation requirements specific to condominiums in April 2014.

Specifications of the household fuel cell for detached houses

Household fuel cell for condominiums

The 2013 model of Panasonic's household fuel cell (ENE FARM) released in April 2013 achieved the world's highest (*1) total efficiency of 95.0% (LHV) (*2). It has also achieved significant price reduction (*3) through the reduction in the number of components used.

The ease of installation has improved as a result of the reduction in the equipment depth, the development of the structure to connect pipes under the equipment and the separation of the backup heat source, which heats water when the hot water tank ran out of hot water, from the hot water storage unit. You can select the backup heat source with the most suitable functions from available lineups.
The remote controller has a color display as standard, which is larger than the previous model. Text and graphs are more easily visible.

- Fuel cell unit -
Fuel typeCity gas (13A)
Electric outputRated output750 (W)
Output range200 - 750 (W)
Heat outputRated output1080 (W)
Output range210 - 1080 (W)
Electricity generation efficiency (rated)LHV:39%
(HHV:35.2%)
Heat recovery efficiency (rated)LHV:56%
(HHV:50.6%)
Total efficiencyLHV:95%
(HHV:85.8%)
DimensionsWidth: 400
Depth: 400
Height: 1850 (mm)
Mass (in drying operation/in operation)90 (kg)/95 (kg)
Maximum electricity consumption500 W (at startup), excluding freeze protection
Noise level38 (dB)

- Hot water storage unit(*4) -
Hot water storage capacity147 L
Water storage temperature60 degrees centigrade
DimensionsWidth: 560
Depth: 400
Height: 1850 (mm)
Mass (in drying operation/in operation)55 (kg)/210 (kg)
Maximum electricity consumption61 (W), excluding freeze protection

- Backup boiler - (Standard model with room heating function)(*4)
Heat source typeLatent heat recovery type instantaneous gas heater
Hot water supply performance41.9 (kW) (Type 24)
Water reheating performance9.9 (kW)
Room heating performance17.4 (kW)
Mass44 (kg)
External dimensionsWidth: 480
Depth: 250
Height: 750 (mm)(Excluding installation stand)
Maximum electricity consumption205 (W)(*5)
Noise level49 (dB)(*5)

Specifications of the household fuel cell for condominiums

Household fuel cell for detached houses

In order to install household fuel cells in condominiums, we must meet additional requirements to those of detached houses. While maintaining the performance and ease of use of the 2013 model for detached houses, we have enabled fuel cell installation in the pipe shaft of open corridors *6 such as by improving the air tightness of the equipment main body.

In consideration of the limited installation space in condominiums, we improved quake resistance by increasing the strength of the leg sections that fix the equipment. To enable installation on upper floors, we ensured wind resistance to allow operations in strong winds by changing the supply/exhaust configuration. Our household fuel cells meet the installation standards for condominiums and can be installed, including the backup water heater, by being covered in the pipe shaft of condominiums.

- Fuel cell unit -
Fuel typeCity gas (13A)Photo of the installation of the household fuel cell for condominiums
Electric outputRated output750 (W)
Output range200 - 750 (W)
Electricity generation efficiency (rated)LHV:39%
(HHV:35.2%)
Heat recovery efficiency (rated)LHV:56%
(HHV:50.6%)
Total efficiencyLHV:95%
(HHV:85.8%)
DimensionsWidth: 399
Depth: 395
Height: 1750 (mm)
Mass (in drying operation)99 (kg)

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- Hot water storage unit -
Hot water storage capacity147 L
Water storage temperature60 degrees centigrade
DimensionsWidth:400 Depth:560 Height:1850 (mm)
Mass (in drying operation)54 (kg)

- Backup boiler - (Standard model with room heating function)
Heat source typeLatent heat recovery type instantaneous gas heater
Mass44 (kg)
External dimensionsWidth:480 Depth:250 Height:750 (mm)

- Backup boiler - (Slim model with room heating function)
Heat source typeLatent heat recovery type instantaneous gas heater
Mass49 (kg)
External dimensionsWidth:250 Depth:450 Height:900 (mm)

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Glossary

*1 World's highest:
As of January 17, 2013, among household fuel cell cogeneration systems, based on our research.

*2 (LHV): Lower heating value:
This denotes the value determined by subtracting latent heat of the water vapor from the amount of heat generated when the fuel gas is fully combusted. In contrast, HHV (higher heating value) includes the condensing latent heat of the vapor generated by combustion. City gas has an LHV/HHV ratio of approximately 0.903.

*3 Price:
The 2013 model price recommended by Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. is 1,995,000 yen, down by approx. 760,000 yen from the previous model (tax included, excluding installation work cost, standard backup boiler)

*4 The hot water storage unit and the backup boiler were jointly developed by Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd., Gastar Co., Ltd. and Rinnai Corporation. You can select the most suitable backup boiler model from available lineups in accordance with required heating performance or external dimensions.

*5  Maximum performance when simultaneously using the functions of hot water supply, air heating and hot water supply to the bath.

*6  "Open corridors" refer to corridors in condominium and other buildings with dwellings on one side and the outside of the building on the other.

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