Honda begins operating next generation solar hydrogen station prototype, intended for ultimate use as a home refueling appliance capable of an overnight refill of fuel cell electric vehicles.
Honda begins experimental operation of next-generation Solar Hydrogen Station for household use.
With the goal of replacing fossil fuels, reducing emissions and combating climate change, Honda has worked proactively to development of fuel cell electric vehicles, which it views as the ultimate clean mobility of the future. Also believing it crucial to eliminate CO2 emissions that result from the production, storage and supply of hydrogen fuel, Honda is engaged in the research and development of advanced H2 infrastructure technologies.
Since 2001, Honda has operated an experimental solar-powered water electrolyzing hydrogen station in Los Angeles, California. In January 2010 in the same location, Honda began experimental operation of a next-generation Solar Hydrogen Station that is small enough to fit in a typical household garage. To produce high-pressure hydrogen, the previous station required not only an electrolyzer but also a separate compressor unit. For the next-generation Solar Hydrogen Station, Honda developed a new high-differential pressure electrolyzer that combines electrolysis and compression functions in a single unit.Since a separate compressor is no longer necessary, the Solar Hydrogen Station is more compact, quieter and lower in cost, making home hydrogen supply a more realistic option going forward.
In March 2012, Honda installed at the Saitama Prefectural Office Japan's first solar hydrogen station that emits zero CO2 through the entire process of producing, storing, and supplying hydrogen. This project, conducted in a public-private partnership with Saitama Prefecture and Iwatani Corporation, was commissioned by Japan's Ministry of the Environment and seeks to verify new technologies for realizing the low-carbon society of the future.
The FCX Clarity equipped with a 9-kW external power supply function and delivered at the same time of the hydrogen station's installation is now being tested for its utility as a day-to-day power source and as a mobile electric generator for emergencies. This solar hydrogen station can produce 1.5 kg of hydrogen in 24 hours, enough to propel the FCX Clarity across approximately 90 miles (150 km) of road.
By operating next-generation Solar Hydrogen Stations, Honda seeks to enhance the efficiency of sustainable energy supply technologies while identifying and solving any issues that may stand in the way of full commercialization of hydrogen production and supply stations.
Next Generation Solar Hydrogen Station
Current Solar Hydrogen Station