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Honda Employs Solar Frontier's CIS-based Solar Panel for FCV-related Test

2016/11/10 16:37
Shinichi Kato, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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"70MPa Smart Hydrogen Station" (source: Solar Frontier)
CIS-based solar panels installed for the verification test (source: Solar Frontier)

Solar Frontier KK, a solar panel manufacturer based in Minato-ku, Tokyo, announced Nov 9, 2016, that it has provided its CIS-based solar panels for a fuel-cell vehicle (FCV)-related verification test conducted by Honda Motor Co Ltd.

This is the first time that Solar Frontier has provided its product for an FCV-related project, the company said. Specifically, it supplied 20kW of solar panels for a verification test of "70MPa Smart Hydrogen Station." Honda started the test in Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo.

The test of the station started Oct 24, 2016, as a "project for developing and verifying technologies to guide the strengthening of measures to reduce CO2 emissions" of Japan's Ministry of the Environment.

As equipment for producing and supplying high-pressure hydrogen gas, the "Power Creator" developed by Honda was employed. It features a high-pressure water electrolysis system that does not use a compressor, and solar electricity is used to power the system.

In the verification test, the hydrogen station, the "Clarity Fuel Cell" FCV and the "Power Exporter 9000" portable unit for supplying electricity to external devices are used. Honda will test the system's effect of the reduction of CO2 emissions under an actual urban environment and the practicability of the system as a transportable emergency power generation system.