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|Honda Begins Experiments with Hydrogen Home Energy Station and Improves Solar-Cell Technology for Production of Hydrogen|
TORRANCE, Calif., October. 02, 2003 --- Honda R&D Co., Ltd.,
Honda's subsidiary responsible for research and development activities has established an experimental Home Energy Station that generates hydrogen from natural gas for use in fuel cell vehicles while supplying electricity and hot water to the home.
The new Home Energy Station system that has been jointly developed with strategic fuel cell partner Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG) is located on the grounds of Honda R&D Americas in Torrance, California, and will undergo experiments in hydrogen production, storage and fueling, as part of ongoing research into hydrogen energy sources.
The new Home Energy Station system, which can currently produce enough hydrogen to refill the tank of a Honda FCX hydrogen fuel cell vehicle taking just a few minutes once a day, consists of the following major processes and components:
Honda has long held the view that hydrogen fuel cell power has the potential to be the next-generation power plant needed to overcome problems related to the development of alternative fuels, reducing exhaust gas emissions, and reducing the effects of global warming. Honda is researching ways to improve the energy efficiency of the hydrogen fuel production process and vehicle efficiency.
Features of the Home Energy Station Prototype
Photograph of Exterior of Home Energy Station
Solar powered water electrolyzing hydrogen station
Photograph of solar powered water electrolyzing hydrogen station
Photograph of solar powered hydrogen station water electrolyzing module