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Honda strives to achieve the world’s top-level power generation efficiency for a SOFC-powered cogeneration unit

Honda power products business began in 1953 with the introduction of an engine for agricultural equipment, which embodied Honda’s passion to make working people happy through its technologies. Since then, Honda has doggedly pursued human-friendly and environmentally-responsible technologies and the delivery of useful “power” for every situation of people’s life stages including generators, tillers, lawn mowers, snow throwers and outboard engines. Additionally, Honda will evolve a new product development approach which involves electromotive and intelligence technologies. At the same time, Honda will put more focus on a cogeneration unit, which Honda positions as the core of energy creation technologies of the future. In FY2017 (fiscal year ending March 31, 2017), Honda will strive to achieve worldwide power products sales of more than 8 million units and bring smiles to the faces of more customers.

In order to fulfill customer needs, which increased especially after the Great East Japan Earthquake, Honda developed a new household gas engine cogeneration unit which operates autonomously even during a power outage. Combined with a hot water supply and heating unit, this new cogeneration unit is scheduled to go on sale this fall through gas companies as a new lineup of the ECOWILL brand.

Moreover, Honda began development of a household SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) cogeneration unit in collaboration with NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. Striving to achieve the world’s top-level power generation efficiency for a SOFC-powered cogeneration unit, Honda will begin verification of the system using a demonstration test house featuring the Honda Smart Home System (HSHS).

As a part of its effort to further reduce CO2 emissions in people’s everyday lives including mobility, Honda has been participating in the E-KIZUNA Project run by the city of Saitama. Honda is currently conducting demonstration testing of HSHS using two HSHS-equipped houses. The construction of a third HSHS-equipped house is scheduled to be completed before the end of FY 2014 (fiscal year ending March 31, 2014). When the third house becomes operational, Honda will work together with Toshiba Corporation to link all three houses and conduct demonstration testing of energy management within the community, contributing also to the city of Saitama’s plans to become an environmentally-responsible futuristic city. Honda will continue making progress toward the market introduction in 2015 of the Honda Smart Home System, which proposes the optimal energy management for individual households.

In addition to continuing to provide engine-equipped products, Honda will take on new challenges to expand and increase the level of other new offerings that only Honda can realize or where Honda technologies can be useful to people.

source: http://world.honda.com/news/2012/c120921CEO-Speech/index.html?from=rT

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