Honda to operate a new plant for solar hydrogen production

Honda to operate a new plant for solar hydrogen production

Los Angeles Center of Honda R & D America has put into service a prototype solar energy station that produces hydrogen for domestic use, able to recharge cell electric vehicles with fuel cells overnight.

Honda station prototype solar hydrogen production is a unique concept, integrated package for small to meet the user's garage, and can produce enough hydrogen (0.5kg) in the 8 o'clock to fill the cells of fuel cell electric vehicle .

Above solar hydrogen production system requires both an electrolyzer station and a compressor unit, separated, in order to produce hydrogen under pressure. The compressor was the largest and most expensive element of the whole structure and reduced efficiency of the system. By designing a new high-pressure electrolyzer differences, Honda engineers were able to eliminate compressor entirely - a world first for a system for domestic use. This innovation also allows reducing the size of other components, so that the new station is the most compact system, while efficiency increases by more than 25% (calculated value based on simulations) compared with the previous system based solar station hydrogen.

Compatible with an "Intelligent Grid", your Honda Solar hydrogen production allows consumers to refuel the vehicle overnight without the need to store hydrogen, a process that would reduce CO2 emissions by using less expensive electricity outside peak hours. During the day, at peak hours, Station Solar hydrogen can provide electricity network, providing a financial benefit to the user.

With a simple to use as smooth, intuitive configuration allows the user to easily lift and remove supply hose, without needing to be screwed when placed back on the unit of distribution.
Designed to slowly fill a fuel cell vehicle within 8 hours, overnight, the solar system provides enough hydrogen daily distance traveled by car, a process that meets the requirements of most drivers. As with the previous system, the purity of hydrogen resulting from the new station meets the most demanding specifications SAE (J2719) and ISO (14,687).

Mounted at the Honda Center in Los Angeles R & D, the new Solar System Honda hydrogen will use the same 48 solar panels, which are powered by 6.0kW previous system. Matrix using thin film solar cell composed of copper, indium, gallium and selenium (CIGS) produced by Honda Soltec Co., Inc., A wholly owned subsidiary of Honda, which was designed for mass production and sale of cell capable of generating efficient solar electricity. Single solar cells produced by Honda reduce the amount of CO2 generated during production unlike conventional solar cells.

Designed to meet the needs of future owners of electric vehicles with fuel cells, solar hydrogen system Honda has also been created to fill a public network fastfood hydrogen. Honda FCX Clarity, electric vehicle based on fuel cell is capable of rapid recharge, which offers a range of about 460 km (based on the European Driving Cycle). With public refueling stations that provide in 5 minutes fast enough fuel for longer trips and convenient opportunity to feed overnight at home using solar station connected to an intelligent network, Honda FCX Clarity can cover a wide range of requirements the roads daily trips on weekends.

A key strategy in the production of solar hydrogen plants for domestic use was creating a new lifestyle more comfortable, clean, efficient energy, including sustainable supply at home, answering the need for a refueling infrastructure that can promote the widespread use of fuel cell electric vehicles.

Combining a fuel cell electric vehicle with a solar hydrogen station could create a society that uses hydrogen-based energy sources leading to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions and more sustainable energy. Honda has put into operation first solar hydrogen system in 2001 at the center in Los Angeles of Honda R & D Americas.


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