Honda installs first bidirectional charging columns in Offenbach

Honda installs first bidirectional charging columns in Offenbach-installs

The Japanese car manufacturer Honda invests in his European research and development site in Offenbach strengthened in modern bidirectional charging technology. This allows besides the charging process to return to the stored current as needed back to the public network. The charging system used by HONDA accesses renewable energies as a power source. The use at the location in Offenbach serves as a test field for a hardware that should be made available to private stays in the future.

The introduction of bidirectional charging technology follows the debut of the Power Manager concept presented under the International Automotive Exhibition 2017. The Power Manager developed by Honda gave exhibition seekers in Frankfurt a view of a power transmission system that makes it possible to relate energy from the power grid and return to the network using Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology from the batteries of the electric car.

The latest installation at the location in Offenbach is based on the same principle. The bidirectional energy transfer ensures that energy is removed directly from the power grid or generated by photovoltaic solar modules and used to charge electric cars. In addition, the energy stored in the battery of the electric car can be returned to the network as needed to stabilize it in times of tight supply.

“With the installation of the most advanced bidirectional charging technology at our research and development site in Germany, we add another technological innovation to our SMART Company project, which will support our research efforts with regard to emission-free society and future mobility solutions.”- Jorg Bottcher, Vice President Honda R&Deme

By using the bidirectional hardware and the technology provided by the Energy service provider The Mobility House, Honda aims to optimize its energy management at the European Research and Development Location, with the best possible use of solar energy in focus. The project tests interaction, compatibility and performance of certain components such as solar cells and batteries for electric cars.

The system complements the publicly usable charging station for electric cars, which at Honda R&D in Offenbach was put into operation in the summer of 2017. It includes a recycling column with the latest 940 volt high-voltage technology, which can simultaneously load up to four vehicles with different types of plug. Since its installation in June, 447 times has been charged on the column and saved 3.87 tonnes of CO2.

The Smart Company Research and Development Project of Honda R was initiated&D Europe in Germany. It brings different energy generation systems (photovoltaics and combined heat and power) with energy consumers (heating, cooling and laboratory facilities) at the research site Offenbach. The essential part of the project is the integration of the loading infrastructure for electric cars. Thus, in addition to a company-owned charging column network, the project includes a publicly accessible fast load column with 150 kW maximum performance.

Also, the integration of a hydrogen filling station with integrated hydrogen production is planned. This Honda own Smart Hydrogen Station (SHS) is based on a self-developed 700 bar high-pressure electrolyzer, and according to the manufacturer is a milestone in the context of the project. The SHS is intended to generate hydrogen by means of intelligent control substantially with electricity overcapacities and thus actively stabilize the network. The hydrogen is used to refuel the fuel cell vehicle fleet of Honda.

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