PHOTO CAPTION: Honda's Gen2 home hydrogen refueling system.

Honda Develops Home Hydrogen Refueler

The 15-square-meter electrolyzer can can produce 0.5 kilogram of hydrogen in eight hours.

Published: 29-Jan-2010

Honda Motor Co has said it has developed a compact machine to produce hydrogen at a household garage to replenish fuel cell electric cars that run on electricity generated by the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen.

The Los Angeles Center of Honda R&D Americas Inc is testing the "solar hydrogen station" intended for ultimate use as a "home refueling appliance capable of an overnight refill of fuel cell electric vehicles," Honda yesterday said.

Honda said it hopes that the home hydrogen station will facilitate the dissemination of fuel cell vehicles in various countries.


Toyota Prius converted to run on hydrogen at Shell refueling station on outskirts of Reykjavik, Iceland.

Iceland now has a fleet of 14 hydrogen-fueled vehicles as part of effort to gradually wean the island nation off its dependence on fossil fuels.

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid minivan has range of 200 km.

Mazda Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid is the first to be powered by both hydrogen and electric battery.

Ion Tiger hydrogen fuel-cell powered UAV.

The Ion Tiger UAV utilizes a hydrogen-powered fuel cell design, which can travel farther and carry heavier payloads than earlier battery-powered designs.


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