Honda Fuel Cell Power Station

Honda to Install Stationary Fuel Cell Power Station on California Campus as First Step Toward Commercialization of Zero-Emission Backup Power Generation.

March 14, 2022 — TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Proof of concept FC power station will begin testing in early 2023 through operation as backup power
  • Stationary FC power unit will be used for a data center’s clean backup power source
  • Honda targeting carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities by 2050

Honda today announced plans to install a stationary fuel cell power station on its corporate campus in Torrance, Calif. by early 2023. The station will serve as a proof of concept for the future commercialization of a power generation unit for use as a zero-emission backup power source for facilities such as data centers, which require reliable and clean auxiliary power generation to continue operations even in emergency situations. This new initiative will leverage Honda’s fuel cell technology expertise as part of the company’s global goal to achieve carbon neutrality for all products and corporate activities by 2050.

Honda’s proof of concept fuel cell power station will utilize fuel cell components from Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicles in a flexible, four-quad parallel stationary fuel cell power generation system capable of generating up to 1152kW-DC/1MW-AC from an inverter. A unique advantage of the four-quad design is the flexibility to change the layout of the four individual fuel cell units to suit the installation environment, accommodating a cuboid, L-shape, Z shape or other packaging requirements.

The station will be connected to the data center on the American Honda campus in early 2023, providing a real-world power generation application to verify performance. This will enable Honda to advance its know-how in the power supply area, as well as supply chain development, grid connection access, construction specifications, AC/DC connection requirements, and other critical areas.

“We will leverage the expertise Honda has established in creating multiple generations of fuel cell systems for the development of a fuel cell power generation station,” said Mitsuru Kariya, senior vice president in charge of the R&D Business Unit of American Honda. “This project is an opportunity to further utilize our strengths in fuel cell technology to more quickly create, assess and advance a clean power generation system for potential commercial customers.”

Honda Fuel Cell Power Station
Honda Fuel Cell Power Station

While Honda remains committed to developing fuel cell systems for passenger vehicles, the market for fuel cell systems to power larger trucks and transport ships, as well as stationary generation, is expanding rapidly in the U.S. and is expected to grow to over $86.7 billion annually by 2030. Data centers in particular require high-quality and reliable power, where any disruption in the power supply can lead to downtime or problems such as data corruption and damage to servers.  

Typical stationary backup generators rely on diesel fuel, which results in higher carbon emissions and local air pollutants. Backup power systems utilizing hydrogen fuel cells offer a promising future for clean, yet reliable and high-quality power generation, especially when operating on so-called “green” hydrogen made from renewable sources, with water vapor as the only emission. 

Preliminary System Specifications

Output1 Quad Unit288kW-DC
4 Quad Unit Combined1152kW-DC
Inverter1200 KVA 240/480V with Transformer
DimensionsPOWER PLANT (4x QUADS + ACCESSORIES)L1100 cm x W230cm x H250 cm, footprint 25.3 m2
Approx. 3.6ft x 7.5ft x 8.2ft, footprint 83ft2
Quad unit260 cm X 230cm x250 cm
Approx 8.5ft x 7.5ft x 8.2ft
MassPOWER PLANT (4x QUADS + ACCESSORIES)10,625kg Est.  23,424lb
Quad850kg Est.  1,873lb
HydrogenLiquid/GasISO14687-2 5-12 bar(g)
CoolingExternal Cooling Tower1750kW (500ton), > 2Bar, >3785lpm, 480V, 260A
FunctionData Acquisition/Remote Monitoring/Over the Air UpdateWireless 4G, Onboard SSD
Water ProofNEMA 3
Safety MonitorSmoke, H2, Temp, Current, Voltage, Isolation Monitor, Cabin Pressure
E-StopPlant, Cooling Tower, Grid Inverter
Code/StandardsNFPA 853, IEC62282, NFPA 55,UL1741 (grid inverter)

Honda Fuel Cell Technology Leadership
Honda has led the industry over the past quarter-century in the development and deployment of fuel cell technology, including extensive real-world testing and customer deployments.

  • In July 2002, the Honda FCX became the first fuel cell vehicle certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB).
  • In December 2002, Honda introduced the world’s first production fuel cell vehicle, to both the U.S. and Japan markets. 
  • In 2003, Honda became the first automaker with a fuel cell vehicle to start and operate in sub-freezing temperatures.
  • In 2005, Honda became the first automaker to lease fuel cell vehicles to individual retail customers.
  • In 2008, Honda became the first manufacturer to build and produce a dedicated fuel cell vehicle (FCX Clarity) on a production line specifically made for fuel cell vehicles.
  • In 2013, Honda and GM began working together on the co-development of a next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies.
  • In 2016, Honda introduced the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle.
  • In 2020, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and Isuzu Motors Ltd. signed an agreement for joint research of the use of hydrogen fuel cells to power heavy-duty trucks, looking to expand fuel cell use by applying the zero-emission technology to larger vehicles.
  • In 2021, Honda announced its collaboration with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to develop a fuel cell system combined with a high differential pressure water electrolysis system that will help support a “circulative renewable energy system” to supply space and lunar stations with electricity, oxygen and water.
  • At FC Expo held in Japan, March 16-18, 2022, Honda will display a prototype FC Power Unit co-developed with General Motors, and a portable FC generator concept model.

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