Development of a molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) has entered the next stage of evolving into commercialization. IHI has been taking part in the Phase III MCFC Development Program in Japan started in 2000. This program has the following development plans. (1) 300 kW class pressurized MCFC power generation system combined with micro Gas turbine. (2) High-pressurized operation technologies and modularization technologies of MCFC which become indispensable to realization of medium- to large-scale MCFC - Gas turbine combined power generation system. At the first step of MCFC commercialization, these systems will be introduced into several hundreds kW cogeneration and several MW distributed power resources. In the future, MCFC will be introduced as substitution of the thermal power plants.

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