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3/27/07-Honda HES Hydrogen Fueling System for Household Use PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Sarter   
Monday, 26 March 2007

Experiments on the Third-Generation Model Begins in the United States

Honda conducts research on its experimental Home Energy Station (HES) technology in Torrance, California, as part of its research on alternative fuels which will replace gasoline in the future. HES technology produces hydrogen from natural gas for home refueling of fuel cell vehicles while also providing households with heat and electricity. The experimental operation of the first-generation HES system (HES I) started in October 2003 and was followed in November 2004 with the more compact second-generation system (HES II). Following extensive demonstration and testing, we developed a small but high-performing reformer for the third-generation HES, which resulted in an approximate 30 percent reduction in size along with a roughly 25 percent increase in power generation. In addition, hydrogen generation and storing capacity have improved 50 percent and start-up time is reduced by one minute compared to the second-generation system. We also equipped the third-generation HES with the ability to adjust the unit’s energy production according to changes in household electricity consumption. In the event of a power blackout, the new system has the capability to generate electricity utilizing its on-board hydrogen storage tanks.
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