Home Energy Station

Home Energy Station

Home Energy Station is the name of Honda's upcoming heat and electricity generator for the home as well as fuel for hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. HES IV is able to supply a sufficient amount of hydrogen to power a fuel cell vehicle, such as the Honda FCX, for daily operation while providing electricity for an average-sized household.

The system reforms natural gas to provide the vehicle with hydrogen which is mixed with oxygen to power the car.

The Home Energy Station is also able to function as a backup power generation system during power outages by using the hydrogen in the storage tank to power the internal fuel cell, providing as much as 5 kilowatts of electrical power and up to 3 normal cubic meters per hour (Nm3/hr) of hydrogen to the home in normal and emergency conditions.

2005 - The Home Energy Station III underwent testing at Honda R&D Americas Torrance, California. [ [http://www.gizmag.com/go/4866/ HES III] ]

2007 - The Home Energy Station IV is now undergoing testing for use with the Honda FCX Clarity. [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/automobiles/09STATION.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=a+microbrewery+for+hydrogen&oref=login HES IV] ]

ee also

*Hydrogen station
*Hydrogen economy
*Plug Power


External links

* [http://world.honda.com/FuelCell/HomeEnergyStation/ Homepage]
* [http://world.honda.com/news/2005/c051114.html Home Energy Station - Press Release November 14, 2005]
* [http://www.fuelmaker.com/Products/HydrogenRefueling/ Fuelmaker]

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