On May 11th Honda announced that it has installed its Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS) at its headquarters building in Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo. The Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS) uses high pressure water electrolysis system and a 20kW solar power generation system.
Honda developed the Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS), which adopts Honda’s original high differential pressure electrolyzer. In September 2014, SHS was installed at the Eastern Area Environmental Center in Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture in Japan. In December of the same year, it was also installed at the Eco Town Center in the City of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture. We are currently conducting a joint demonstration testing with each of local governments and Iwatani Corporation.
With the adoption of the high-pressure water electrolysis system, it is no longer necessary for SHS to have a compressor, which is indispensable for conventional hydrogen stations for commercial use. In addition, as a result of thorough downsizing, Honda has successfully packaged the main equipment in the size of a small shipping container (3.2m x 2.4m x 2.4m). Because of these improvements, SHS can be installed in about one day and generate hydrogen if tap water and a power source are available, so it can be introduced easily even in an area where it takes some time to set up a commercial hydrogen station. Moreover, this system is compatible with local generation and local consumption of energy and the utilization of renewable energy. In Saitama City, hydrogen is generated with the use of electricity from waste incineration, and in the City of Kitakyushu, it is generated using solar power.
The SHS system can produce up to 1.5kg of hydrogen with a pressure of 40MPa (400 atm) per day without using a compressor and store about 19kg of hydrogen.
Since the FCX Clarity fuel cell car can travel about 150km (approx 93.2 miles) with 1.5kg of hydrogen and can store about 6kg of hydrogen, the SHS system can fully charge three units of the FCV when it is fully charged.