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Fine Ceramics, sometimes referred to as "advanced ceramics," are engineered materials that support the development of cutting-edge technology.

Fine Ceramics Contribute to a Cleaner Environment

Ideal for an Eco-Friendly Life with Higher Power Generation Efficiency

Employed in the core of the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system for residential use

Solid oxide fuel cells for residential use are made up of two units: a generating unit to produce electricity and a hot-water supply unit which uses the heat produced when electricity is generated. They are highly energy efficient, produce an extremely low amount of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur oxide (SOx), and emit very little carbon dioxide (CO2), a leading cause of climate change. As an environmentally friendly system for the home, their use is expected to increase in the future.

olid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) generating unit for residential use

The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system for residential use mechanism

Understanding the Features of Fine Ceramics

Various types of fuel cells are made by using different materials for the cells at the heart of the system. Polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC) using polymer electrolyte membranes are already available for residential use. However, one company has proceeded with the development of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), which generate electricity even more efficiently than PEFCs. For the cell materials Kyocera uses Fine Ceramics, with their superior heat resistance and durability, and they have achieved the highest levels of generating efficiency in the world.*
* For residential fuel cells with output less than 1kW (As of February 24th, 2016 based on study by Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.)

Types of fuel cells for residential use

Polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)
Cell (electrolyte) Polymer Fine Ceramics
Operating temperature Room temperature – 90℃ 700℃ and above
Generating efficiency 35 – 40% 50% and above
Main uses Cogeneration for residential use
Automotive use
Cogeneration for residential use
Cogeneration for business use

The term "Fine Ceramics" is interchangeable with "advanced ceramics," "technical ceramics" and "engineered ceramics." Use varies by region and industry.

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