TORRANCE, Calif., March 14, 2022 – Honda today announced plans to install a stationary fuel cell power plant at its corporate campus in Torrance, California by early 2023. The station will serve as a proof of concept for commercialization future of a power generation unit to be used as a zero-backup power source for facilities such as data centers, which require reliable and clean auxiliary power generation to continue operating even in the most extreme situations. emergency. This new initiative will leverage Honda’s expertise in fuel cell technology as part of the company’s global goal of achieving carbon neutrality for all company products and operations by 2050.
Honda’s proof-of-concept fuel cell power plant will use fuel cell components from Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicles in a flexible quad-parallel stationary fuel cell power generation system capable of generating up to to 1152 kW-DC/1 MW-AC from an inverter. A unique advantage of the four-quad design is the ability to change the layout of the four individual fuel cell units to suit the installation environment, accepting a cuboid, L-shape, Z-shape or other packaging requirements.
The station will be connected to Honda’s US campus data center in early 2023, providing a real-world power generation application to verify performance. This will allow Honda to advance its power supply expertise, as well as supply chain development, grid connection access, construction specifications, AC connection requirements/ DC and other critical areas.
“We will leverage the expertise Honda has gained in creating multiple generations of fuel cell systems for the development of a fuel cell power plant,” said Mitsuru Kariya, senior vice president in charge of American Honda’s R&D business unit. “This project is an opportunity to further utilize our strengths in fuel cell technology to create, evaluate and more rapidly advance a clean energy generation system for potential commercial customers.”
While Honda remains committed to developing fuel cell systems for passenger vehicles, the market for fuel cell systems to power large trucks and transport vessels, as well as stationary production, is growing rapidly in the United States. States and is expected to grow to more than $86.7 billion per year by 2030. Data centers in particular require reliable, high-quality power, where any interruption in power supply can cause downtime or problems such as data corruption and damage to servers.
Typical stationary standby generators use diesel fuel, which leads to increased carbon emissions and local air pollutants. Back-up power systems using hydrogen fuel cells offer a promising future for the production of clean, yet reliable, high-quality electricity, especially when operated with so-called “green” hydrogen made from from renewable sources, with water vapor as the only emission.