So solid crew: NGK announces fuel cells initiative

Published:  24 June, 2021

NGK Spark Plugs has committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and as part of that, is working on a solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) initiative.

SOFCs are electrochemical devices that convert chemical energy into electrical energy. They use fuels based on hydrogen with greater efficiency than engines based around thermal power. NGK’s SOFC project has already reduced the CO2 footprint at the company’s Komaki plant in Japan has by around 240 tonnes annually. This is expected to rise when carbon-free hydrogen can be used as fuel.

Commenting on the project, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Managing Director Marko Wowczyna said: “As a company, NGK is committed to helping protect the environment and the development of new fuel sources. The announcement that as a company we have committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and also the development of solid oxide fuel cells is further evidence of our resolve in helping achieve these goals which will be further enhanced when carbon-free hydrogen can be used as fuel.”

NGK’s 2030 Long-Term Management Plan NITTOKU BX, which began in April 2020, is looking to move NGK beyond the internal combustion engine.

In the same vein, the company recently established a corporate venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley to collaborate with companies working on cutting-edge technologies, business models and ideas.

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