Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has announced plans to provide domestic fuel cell cogeneration units as part of a government project to verify the practical use of stationary fuel cells.

The gas-fired 1 kW home-use fuel cell cogeneration units are part of the continuing Large-Scale Stationary Fuel Cell Demonstration Project by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

Twenty-four of the units will be provided to project participant Toho Gas Co., Ltd. (Toho), which will install them in homes in three central-Japan prefectures (Aichi, Gifu and Mie) to collect data toward commercialization. The government project, which was originally scheduled to conclude at the end of March, is now expected to run until the end of March 2009.

TMC’s home-use fuel cell cogeneration units were jointly developed with Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd. And consist of a stationary PEM fuel cell and a hot water storage tank. TMC developed the fuel cell and Aisin developed the overall system.