News Miura to establish a maintenance network to support Ceres’ SOFC product
12 March 2020 – Following the successful launch of its combined heat and power (CHP) product using Ceres’ solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology, MIURA CO., LTD. is pleased to announce the establishment of a specialist maintenance team to support its wider deployment in the Japanese market.
The new fuel cell system (FC-5B) has been developed in partnership with Ceres Power in the UK, targeting the commercial building sector in Japan. Commercial launch of the product took place in October 2019 and the maintenance team is aimed at supporting its longer-term presence in the market.
New maintenance departments which specialise in fuel cell products will be established in metropolitan areas such as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka, to enable quick and quality service to customers.
Fuel cell technology generates clean electricity from a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen can be produced by a variety of methods using either conventional fuels or renewable energy sources and can play a crucial role in reducing the environmental footprint of many power applications. In addition, its potential as an emergency power supply becomes more important given the natural disasters and power outages in 2019.
Miura has been working with Ceres since 2016 to develop the SOFC CHP unit. Operating on the main gas supply and capturing heat as hot water, the overall efficiency of the system reaches 90%, delivering both major energy savings and a lower carbon footprint. Miura believes that the highly efficient fuel cell has an important role to play in energy flexibility and security of supply for its customers and is committed to further work on fuel cell product deployment.