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Panasonic Launches New “ENE-FARM” Product, a Fuel Cell for Condominiums

By May 19, 2020 6   min read  (988 words)

May 19, 2020 |

The industry’s highest overall efficiency and standard function of power generation continuation function in case of a power outage make energy-saving and peace of mind in apartment life.

Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic) will launch a new product of the home-use fuel cell cogeneration system “Ene-Farm” (Ene-Farm) for condominiums in June 2020.

In recent years, as homes have become more sophisticated and smarter, reducing energy consumption in homes and preparing for disasters have become issues. Interest in ENE-FARM is growing.

This product is based on the ENE-FARM for detached houses released in April 2019 and was developed for condominiums that have more limited installation conditions than detached houses. The industry’s highest total energy efficiency of 97%, “Electrical power supply, hot water supply, and heating can be used even during a power outage ” as a standard feature of “power generation continuity function during a power outage “. The high-demand function for detached houses, such as support for “Energy Farm Heating (PREMIUM HEATING)” which is used as a heat source during low-temperature operation, has also been installed in condominium models. which is uses as a heat source models

In addition, it is compliant with the “ECHONET Lite Standard * 6 ” (acquired ECHONET Lite AIF certification) in response to smarter homes. By connecting to a compatible HEMS (Home Energy Management System), remote control of hot water, floor heating, etc. is possible from outside the home, realizing energy-saving, safe, comfortable and convenient living even in apartment life.

This product has been adopted in Residence II of Proud City Hiyoshi (sellers: Nomura Real Estate Co., Ltd., Kanden Real Estate Development Co., Ltd., Panasonic Homes Co., Ltd.), which is attracting attention for environmental and disaster-prevention urban development. Is scheduled. In the “Proud City Hiyoshi”, in addition to the energy-saving performance with the present product, the preceding Residence Ⅰ, by implementing the energy management of the entire area, which was combined with the Ⅱ, further save energy and CO 2 will work on.

Through the spread of ENE-FARM, we will provide safe and comfortable living for our customers and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.

Main features of the new product

1. Improve energy use efficiency and improve energy saving and comfort

The technology that achieves the industry’s highest total efficiency of 97%  for single-family homes is also being applied to condominiums, resulting in higher energy savings than conventional models. In addition, adopting the ENE-FARM floor heating (PREMIUM HEATING) to warm the warm water of the gas hot water floor heating in the heat exchange with the hot water of the hot water storage tank. By utilizing the heat generated during power generation, floor heating can be used without worrying about gas consumption, and the room temperature can always be kept comfortable.

2. Equipped with “Power continuation function at power failure” as standard

The power generation continuation function during power outages, which was not installed on all models in the previous model, is now standard. If a power outage occurs during power generation, the system automatically switches to power outage power generation mode, and can generate up to 500W AC and generate power for up to 192 hours continuously from the start of power generation before the power outage. Even in the event of a power outage, ENE-FARM can supply the minimum amount of power that can be used by low-power devices such as smartphones and personal computers, as well as the heat of hot water and floor heating, thus providing an environment for evacuation at home.

3. Conforms to the “ECHONET Lite standard” and can be remotely controlled through HEMS

Smart houses, which optimally control energy consumption in the home, are becoming increasingly popular. This product conforms to the “ECHONET Lite standard ” (ECHONET Lite AIF certification acquired), so by connecting to HEMS, you can check the energy usage status from outside and use the hot water bath Remote operation such as performing is possible.

4. Improvement of installation and workability

Two types of fuel cell units are available: standard exhaust type and extended exhaust type. The height of the housing has been reduced by 100 mm and the weight has been reduced by approximately 20% to 66 kg, compared to the previous model. This enables flexible installation according to the installation space and functions. In addition, the workability has been improved by setting the piping and wiring work position of the fuel cell unit and hot water storage unit 10 cm higher than the conventional model.

Specification summary

1. Fuel cell unit

new product Conventional model * 7
Standard exhaust
type
Exhaust extension
type
Standard exhaust
type
Exhaust extension
type
Performance Power generation output 200W-700W 200W-700W
Rated power generation
efficiency
40.0% (LHV)
36.1% (HHV)
39.0% (LHV)
35.2% (HHV)
Rated heat
recovery efficiency
57.0% (LHV)
51.5% (HHV)
56.0% (LHV)
50.6% (HHV)
Total efficiency 97.0% (LHV)
87.6% (HHV)
95.0% (LHV)
85.8% (HHV)
Size 1,650 mm (H) x 350 mm (W) x 395 mm (D) 1,750 mm (H) x 399 mm (W) x 395 mm (D)
Weight
(dry / operating)
66 kg / 71 kg 64 kg / 69 kg 82 kg / 87 kg 80 kg / 85 kg
Heat utilization destination Hot water, bath, floor heating * 5 Hot water and bath
Output at power failure Max AC500W Maximum AC500W * 8
Suggested retail price
(excluding tax and installation work cost)
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2. Hot water storage unit

new product Conventional model * 7
(Simple model only)
Heat utilization
model
Simple
model
Hot water storage tank capacity 130 liter 140 liter
Size 1,650 mm (H) x 400 mm (W) x 560 mm (D) 1,750 mm (H) x 400 mm (W) x 560 mm (D)
Weight
(dry / operating)
49 kg / 182 kg 46 kg / 179 kg 49 kg / 197 kg
Suggested retail price
(excluding tax and installation work cost)
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3. Backup heat source machine

new product Conventional model * 7
Standard type Slim type Standard type Slim type
Heat utilization
model
Simple
model
Heat utilization
model
Simple
model
Simple model only
Hot water supply capacity 41.9kW (No. 24) 41.9kW (No. 24)
Size 750 mm (H) x
480 mm (W) x
250 mm (D)
900 mm (H) x
250 mm (W) x
450 mm (D)
750 mm (H) x
480 mm (W) x
250 mm (D)
900 mm (H) x
250 mm (W) x
450 mm (D)
mass 38 kg 39.5 kg 44 kg 49 kg
Suggested retail price
(excluding tax and installation work cost)
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