Honda has installed a stationary fuel cell (FC) power supply on the premises of American Honda Motor Co., Ltd., a local subsidiary in the United States.
It has started. This feasibility verification effort is the first step toward future commercialization.
The FC stationary power supply used this time reuses the FC system of the fuel cell vehicle (FCEV) “CLARITY FUEL CELL”. By connecting two units of approximately 250 kW, which consist of four FC systems, it has a total output of approximately 500 kW.
In addition, by connecting additional units, it is possible to further increase the output, and at that time, each unit can be arranged according to the installation environment, such as L-shape or Z-shape when viewed from above.
In recent years, the spread of cloud and big data utilization has led to a rapid increase in the amount of electricity required for data centers, and the need for emergency power sources is also increasing from the perspective of BCP (Business Continuity Planning).
Data centers require a stable power supply even in the event of a disaster, and the demand for replacement of diesel power generation, which is the mainstream of emergency stationary power sources, with FC systems that can supply clean, high-quality power is expected to increase rapidly in the future.
In response to this demand, Honda will make use of the hydrogen technology it has been working on for more than 30 years and the know-how of FCEV research and development to propose the application of FC systems in the area of power generation, from clean and quiet emergency power sources. Among them, this demonstration operation is the first step toward commercialization of FC stationary power supply.