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Fuel cell research centre for Wales

12/04/2012 10:19:43

 

A research centre analysing and developing a technology used for heating homes and water in Japan is being developed in Wales.


Panasonic will set up a fuel cell research and development centre in Cardiff as part of a £2 million investment from the firm.


Dan Carter from the trade journal Fuel Cell Today explained what the technology was, describing the way it is used in Japan and claiming that it used fossil fuels more efficiently than everyday boilers.


He likened them to 'mini power stations' for people's homes.


"Fuel cells work in many similar ways to combustion engines but they actually take apart the fuel chemically and then put it back together for the waste products and extract electricity and heat as part of that process," he said.


A spokesperson for the Welsh government said that ministers had been working closely with Panasonic for some time to secure the deal.


Copyright Press Association 2012

 

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