To solve car-related environmental issues, Honda has continued to develop environmental technologies as an effective method to reduce CO2 emissions and reliance on fossil fuels. One of these technologies is the fuel cell vehicle (FCV), which only emits water.
FCVs need hydrogen to run. If it is possible to efficiently generate hydrogen using renewable energy, FCVs will become more common, and more convenient.
To this end, Honda has been involved in the research and development of technologies to “generate” hydrogen. Since 2002, Honda has been conducting proof-of-concept experiments for hydrogen generation by compact hydrogen stations, in Los Angeles, USA. Leveraging these experiences, Honda began development of a high-pressure electrolysis system that was not only compact, but more efficient in generating and storing hydrogen. In 2010, Honda began demonstration of a compact hydrogen station prototype equipped with Honda’s unique high-pressure electrolysis system, and in 2012, Honda began proof-of-concept experiments of this compact hydrogen station in Saitama Prefecture’s government office.
In 2014, Honda developed a prototype of the world’s first* completely-packaged Smart Hydrogen Station, and began operation in Saitama city and Kitakyushu city. And, in 2015, Honda’s uniquely developed high-pressure electrolysis system was named “Power Creator,” and installation and operation of the commercially available Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS) began.
The SHS is an extremely compact facility to generate, store and supply hydrogen, using only water and electricity. In the SHS, hydrogen generated by electrolysis is stored in high-pressure tanks, and is supplied to FCVs via filler nozzles.
By using electricity generated by either renewable energy, such as solar- or wind-power, or waste, CO2 emissions can be reduced even in supplying hydrogen.
The SHS allows FCVs to be used even in places without large commercial hydrogen stations.
*Honda internal research.