The future home is where the hydrogen power generator is.

Panasonic is developing a household fuel cell system using hydrogen that can power homes and vehicles. It is doing so in part to help the government create a “hydrogen society.”

The company aims to have a hydrogen generation system market ready by around 2030 to replace solar batteries.

“We are committed to developing technology that can play a part in the household hydrogen-based infrastructure,” Yoshiyuki Miyabe, Panasonic’s senior managing director in charge of technology, said July 3 in Tokyo.

Water is made of hydrogen and oxygen. The conventional electrolysis method for splitting water costs money as it uses electricity. Hydrogen does not produce carbon dioxide when it is burned, making it a clean source of energy. But when hydrogen is produced from water by using electricity, it is not as clean.

To lower costs and become greener, Panasonic centers on photocatalytic water splitting. Sunlight helps to trigger a photocatalytic reaction and split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The company plans to install panels on house rooftops for power generation through the process.

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