Honda Installs Hydrogen Production Equipment Using Solar Electricity

2015/12/29 12:09
Kenji Kaneko, Nikkei BP CleanTech Institute
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The package-type "Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS)" (source: Honda)

Honda Motor Co Ltd announced Dec 25, 2015, that it has installed the package-type "Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS)" using the "Power Creator" high-pressure water electrolysis system at the company's headquarters building in Wako City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, and started to operate it.

The SHS is a system that uses electricity generated by a solar power generation system to electrolyze water and produce hydrogen. It was developed by Honda as a facility that provides "CO2-free" hydrogen. The company is also preparing for installing an SHS at its headquarters building in Aoyama, Tokyo.

Honda has been engaged in hydrogen production using renewable energy since 2001. In 2010, it started a verification test using the Power Creator in Los Angeles, the US. In 2012, the company installed a hydrogen station equipped with the Power Creator in Saitama Prefecture under contract with Japan's Ministry of the Environment for the first time in Japan.

In 2014, Honda developed the SHS, which realized functions to produce, store and supply hydrogen in a package for the first time in the world, and started to test it in cooperation with Iwatani Corp, Saitama City and Kitakyushu City.

First, the SHS installed at the headquarters building in Wako City will be used for supplying hydrogen to fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) owned by Honda. But the company plans to make it available to Honda's FCVs owned by autonomous bodies and businesses in the future.