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Toyota Tsusho becomes official partner for EFOY Pro direct methanol fuel cells in Japan

SFC Energy AG, a provider of hybrid power solutions to the stationary and mobile power generation markets, has signed a new partner agreement with Toyota Tsusho Corporation through which Toyota Tsusho will become an official representative of SFC in Japan. A first order of EFOY Pro direct methanol fuel cells has already been shipped for sale by Toyota Tsusho in Japan.

All of SFC’s fuel cell generators are based on DMFC (Direct Methanol Fuel Cell) technology. They use a catalytic process to convert methanol (methyl alcohol) into electricity in a direct and efficient process without intermediate steps. SFC provides the methanol fuel cartridges (in 5-, 10- and 28-liter volumes) as well as the fuel cell generators.

EFOY Pro fuel cell generators are available in two performance classes with a maximum output of 45 and 110 W. With a cluster controller, up to 5 EFOY Pro fuel cell generators can be connected to each other in parallel to deliver a maximum output of up to 550 W.

Toyota Tsusho is a Toyota Motor Corporation group company. As TOYOTA group’s sole general trading company, Toyota Tsusho promotes the development of new business from a global perspective. Both Toyota Tsusho and SFC Energy see a large market opportunity for SFC Energy’s EFOY Pro fuel cells in Japan.

SFC Energy has sold more than 33,000 systems so far. As more and more seismic equipment, sensors, measuring and surveillance devices and other technical instruments are used far away from the grid, operators are looking for alternatives to diesel generators.



Could these FCs be affordably produced with 100 KW output for use in FCEVs?

These methanol fuel cells do not have very good power density. Designed for low power UPS and remote site operation.

You'd need a significant source of methanol for high output. Natural gas is cheaper and more practical.

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