Honda Introduces Solar Hydrogen Station on Saitama Prefectural Office Grounds

29 Mar 2012

Honda solar hydrogen station

Honda Motor Company has unveiled a solar hydrogen station on the grounds of the Saitama Prefectural Office in Japan. This is the first installation in Japan of a system that can produce, store and dispense hydrogen with zero carbon dioxide emissions.

The hydrogen is produced by a high-pressure water electrolysis system developed by Honda. With no mechanical compressor, the system is nearly silent and highly energy efficient. Using solar or grid power, the system is capable of producing 1.5 kg of hydrogen within 24 hours; this is sufficient for an FCX Clarity fuel cell electric vehicle to run approximately 150 km or 90 miles, making it ideal for personal use. Honda aims to further develop the system to offer clean energy sources for the home in the future.

The initiative is part of the Electric Vehicle Testing Program for Honda’s next-generation personal mobility products with Saitama Prefecture, in which Honda, Iwatani and Saitama Prefecture are collaborating. In a further initiative, Honda has equipped the FCX Clarity with an outlet to function as a 9 kW power source, making it able to serve as a zero-emission mobile electric generator.

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Reference: Honda

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