HONDA EXTENDS DEVELOPMENT OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PROGRAMMES

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has unveiled further initiatives in the testing and evaluation of its alternative energy development programmes for vehicles, with the opening of a Solar Hydrogen Station on the grounds of its Saitama Prefectural Office in Japan and the development of the FCX Clarity to serve as a mobile electric generator.

Dedicated to reducing its impact on the environment both in emissions emitted from Honda products as well as from the company’s manufacturing activities, these initiatives form part of the Electric Vehicle Testing Program for Honda’s next-generation personal mobility products, in which Honda, Iwatani and Saitama Prefecture are currently collaborating.

This is the first installation in Japan of a total system to produce, store and dispense hydrogen with ZERO CO2 emissions. The high pressure water electrolysis system, uniquely developed by Honda, uses clean solar power created by Honda CIGS thin solar panels, to produce electricity which in turn produces hydrogen with zero CO2 emissions. With no mechanical compressor, the system is nearly silent and highly energy efficient. Using solar and grid power, the system is capable of producing 1.5kg of hydrogen within 24 hours which enables an FCX Clarity to be refuelled and run approximately 150 km / 90 miles. When full, the unit has the capacity to fill three units of FCX Clarity – an equivalent of approximately 20 kg of hydrogen.

In a further initiative, Honda has equipped the FCX Clarity hydrogen fuel cell electric car with an outlet to function as a 9kW power source. Since the FCX Clarity uses a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to produce power with zero CO2 emissions, with its new outlet, the vehicle will also be able to serve as a zero-emission mobile electricity generator.

Honda continues to progress its research activity in the areas of fuel cell electric vehicles and zero CO2 emission production, storage and supply, in order to develop and offer clean energy sources for vehicles and the home in the future. Visit www.honda.co.uk or www.world.honda.com for further details of Honda’s environmental and alternative energy advancements.