Honda and Climate Energy Launch
New Energy Technology for the Home
Micro-CHP System Will Allow
Homeowners to Produce Their Own Electricity While Heating Their
ALPHARETTA, Ga., April 26 /PRNewswire/
-- American Honda Motor Company will work with Massachusetts based
Climate Energy, LLC to bring a unique and innovative new form of
home heat and power technology to market, the company announced
today. The system uses micro combined heat and power (MCHP)
cogeneration technology with natural gas to provide residential heat
more efficiently than ever before, with the added benefit of
producing electric power.
Honda will supply its compact
home-use cogeneration unit to Climate Energy who will combine it
with a furnace or boiler, and market the entire system as an
alternative to conventional space heating and electric power in new
and existing homes. Working in coordination with state and local
authorities as well as energy utilities, limited in-home field test
installations will occur by late 2005, with more widespread
distribution planned from fall 2006.
"MCHP technology will provide
residential consumers with new levels of comfort and energy
efficiency, while reducing their utility bills," said Wade Terry,
vice president of Honda Power Equipment, which is American Honda's
division responsible for overseeing its involvement in the project.
"Honda is a name consumers already associate with reliable,
forward-thinking technologies like hybrid automobiles, natural gas
automobiles, and hydrogen fuel cells, so this is a good fit for us.
Ultimately, we think that this technology might set a new direction
for the future of home heat and power."
The Honda unit's compact design
consists of a small natural gas-powered internal combustion engine
developed specifically for this application, and a small electrical
generation system that utilizes Honda's sine wave inverter
technology. Designed primarily for detached single-family homes, the
unit will generate up to three kilowatts of thermal output per hour
and one kilowatt of electricity, while delivering ultra-quiet
operation with minimal vibration.
The complete Climate Energy Micro-CHP
system, powered by the Honda MCHP unit, results in more than 85
percent efficiency in converting fuel energy into useful heat and
electric power. This represents a very large improvement over
conventional heating appliances and grid-supplied electric power,
and will ultimately provide consumers with a substantial savings in
their heating and electrical bills. In certain markets, the system
will even deliver the ability to sell power back to the grid at full
Consistent with Honda's reputation
for environmental responsibility, the system is also expected to
yield a 30 percent reduction in harmful carbon dioxide emissions as
compared with conventional heating appliances and grid supplied
A similar version of Honda's
cogeneration unit has been available for general use in Japan since
March of 2003, and is now in more than 15,000 homes, lending the
technology a track record of reliability.
Honda is the world's preeminent
maker of engines for automobiles, motorcycles, and power equipment,
selling more than 19 million units globally in 2004. Honda engines
are characterized by the same clean, quiet, fuel- efficient
technology that is behind the company's unparalleled reputation for
durability, quality, and reliability. All of Honda's engine products
in North America meet or exceed California Air Resources Board (CARB)
and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emission standards.
Honda Power Equipment, a division
of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., manufactures and markets a
complete range of outdoor power equipment, including outboard marine
engines, general purpose engines, generators, lawnmowers, pumps,
snowblowers, tillers and trimmers for commercial, rental and
residential applications. Its comprehensive product line consists
exclusively of environmentally advanced 4-stroke engines.
Information for media regarding
Honda products is available at http://www.hondanews.com/ .
Consumer information regarding
Honda products is available at http://www.honda.com/ .
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