Honda introduces experimental Home Energy Station IV



    Appliance-like device designed to help solve problem of hydrogen supply
    for fuel cell vehicles

    TORRANCE, CA, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - Honda today announced that it has begun
using the Home Energy Station IV at its Honda R&D Americas, Inc. facility in
Torrance, California. This fourth-generation experimental unit is designed to
provide fuel for a hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle, as well as heat and
electricity for a home. The new system is more compact and efficient, with a
lower operating cost than previous models. The announcement coincides with the
world debut of the all-new FCX Clarity hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle at
the Los Angeles Auto Show.
    Honda's Home Energy Station technology is designed to facilitate the
broader adoption of zero-emissions fuel cell vehicles, such as Honda's FCX
Clarity, by developing a home refueling solution that makes efficient use of a
home's existing natural gas supply for production of hydrogen, while providing
heat and electricity to an average-size home.
    The Home Energy Station IV is designed to reduce both cost and carbon
dioxide (CO(2)) emissions for the consumer. Compared to the average North
American consumer's home with grid-supplied electricity and a gasoline-powered
car, a home using Home Energy Station IV to help produce heat and electricity
and also to refuel an FCX Clarity can reduce CO(2) emissions by an estimated
30 per cent and energy costs by an estimated 50 per cent.
    "Honda is striving to address the need for a refueling infrastructure for
hydrogen fuel cell vehicles," said Ben Knight, vice president of Honda R&D
Americas. "The Home Energy Station represents one promising solution to this
issue, while offering the added benefit of heating and powering the home more
efficiently."
    Working with technology partner, Plug Power, Inc., Honda began operation
of a Home Energy Station in October, 2003. Home Energy Station IV represents
the latest evolution of the technology with a 70 per cent reduction in size
compared to the first unit, making it even more suitable for household
installation. By combining both gas purification and power generation
components, overall size reduction and efficiency gains are achieved, while
enabling it to switch from hydrogen refining to power generation when needed.

    Honda is a leader in the development of leading-edge technologies to
improve vehicle fuel efficiency and reduction of CO(2) emissions, including
advanced gasoline engines, gasoline-electric hybrids, natural gas-powered
engines and hydrogen fuel cells.

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