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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Home Hydrogen Refueling Station

Honda about to try out new Home Hydrogen Refueling Station
Honda is working on a next-generation hydrogen refueling station aimed at showing American homeowners how they could run their cars on hydrogen made out of sunshine and water. It's supposed to be unveiled in about a month.



  • Honda CEO Takanobu Ito said the unit will use the energy from sunlight, as collected on solar panels, to split hydrogen from oxygen molecules in water (H2O, remember?), providing hydrogen gas to power for the car.


    The solar panels are being made in Japan and Ito says the system might work better on American houses than those back home. Why? Because American houses are bigger,providing more roof area for the solar arrays.


     The goal was to create panels that are better and cheaper. The system will be installed at Honda's U.S. headquarters in Torrance, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb. There's a solar hydrogen system there now, but it's takes up a lot of space. Honda uses hydrogen to fuel its FCX Clarity hydrogen fleet.




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