Kansai Electric Power Co., Mitsubishi Materials Corp. and a research institution said Monday they have developed a new fuel cell that is capable of high power generation and features improved durability.

Kansai Electric, Mitsubishi Materials and the Japan Fine Ceramics Center said they plan to jointly develop a pilot unit capable of generating several kilowatts of electricity with an eye to putting the new Solid Oxide Fuel Cell to practical use in the near future. They hope to have it ready in the next two to three years, they said.

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