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Japanese makers of home-use fuel cells plugging into Europe

Panasonic, Aisin take a step toward eventual worldwide sales

Home fuel cells were initially commercialized in Japan, and companies are looking to expand into Europe.

TOKYO -- Japanese manufacturers of residential fuel cells are making a push into foreign markets, starting with Europe but hoping eventually to reach the U.S. and South Korea.

Home fuel cells are designed to generate electricity from municipal natural gas and also to use the heat generated in the course of operation. Demand for them is expected to grow, since they help reduce carbon dioxide emissions compared with using electricity from power companies.

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