Posted by lkgeo1 on December 3, 2006, 3:46 pm
These boys have been busy.
In fact, this home hydrogen refueling technology separates Honda from
the field that continues to think of the gas station model. Using
natural gas as its energy source, the Honda Energy Station III is a
home-based refueling station that, through a series of chemical
processes, converts natural gas to hydrogen. Not only will HES III, as
it is known, fill your car with the hydrogen it needs (in a
low-pressure environment that ensures it fills to the top), it also
provides electricity and heat for an average-size household. The HES
III can also be a backup power-generating system during power outages
by using hydrogen in its storage tank to power an internal fuel cell.
This gives off as much as five kilowatts of power in normal and
emergency conditions, and does so while reducing greenhouse gas
emissions. Yes: Honda has a free-standing solar-powered HES system
available for commercial application, too. Can you say turn-key
Listening to Honda president and CEO Takeo Fukui talk about the
emerging technology, you sense an honesty about a corporate need to do
right for the environment. There is weight to the burden-with some 21
million made annually, Honda is the world's largest manufacturer of
internal combustion engines. How many of those will be replaced by
hydrogen-powered fuel cells, only time will tell.
Posted by Eeyore on December 3, 2006, 5:15 pm
One on everyone's front lawn eh ?
Posted by Todd on January 1, 2007, 4:27 pm
What does Bwahahahahahahaahah ! mean? How are we to take it?
Posted by Eeyore on January 1, 2007, 4:56 pm
Have you even looked at Honda's 'Energy Station' ?
please don't top-post btw
Posted by walter_lee on December 3, 2006, 5:51 pm
A prototype home based on a hydrogen fuel power system
that was created by the New York Institute of Technology research team
for the 2005 Solar Decathlon. The team was lead by Professor
Michele Bertomen. Electricity generated by a PhotoVoltaic(PV) system
was used to generate hydrogen via electrolysis. The hydrogen was used
to store excess PV electrical power instead of an array batteries that
most of the other prototype PV powered houses were using. Their
hydrogen power system was scavenged from a (stand alone) power
generator previously used to run a cellular/Microwave Relay/Repeater
communication station. Unfortunately, the research team did not have a
hydrogen fuel cell car at the exhibit ( they were using electric
golf-cart-like cars instead). A major hurdle for such a system was
safety/engineer compliance wrt to the design of the hydrogen power
and fuel storage system as well as its placement and operations.