Honda set up a V2H (Vehicle to Home) for the DC charger “HEH55” at the Ohta Elementary School in Saitama City on March 16, conducting electricity to power supplies of fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) to even houses themselves. It is considered the first introduction of the HEH55.
Currently, there are 160 municipal elementary and middle schools in Saitama City that are investing in the installation of solar panels and storage batteries. They aim to use them as power sources for the school for everyday use, and as a backup power source for the gymnasium, which will serve as a shelter when disasters occur.
The HEH55 installed in Ohta Elementary School normally charges the storage battery with an effective flow of electric power from the solar panels. It is assumed to be mainly utilized as a recharging extension of storage batteries for FCVs in times of calamity rather than for the actual recharging of the FCVs themselves.
After the turning over ceremony of HEH55 in Ohta Elementary School, Operating Officer Toshihiro Mibe of Honda addressed the members of the press saying, “It is a newly developed technology; I think that it is capable of achieving a lot of things. Aside from that, it is also very important to introduce this as an indispensable support instrument for places used as evacuation centers such as elementary and middle schools.”
Moreover he said, “If it does not consist of all three parts of the concept ‘Generate, Use and Get Connected’ (with hydrogen), it will not be popular if they only manufacture FCVs. If we take that into consideration, I think that implementing the functions of hydrogen provision, FCVs and the vehicle-to-home (V2H) system together is the most concise way of diffusing the hydrogen issue through Honda’s own efforts. Honda proposed this technology for the hydrogen society by smoothly moving forward these three concerns, and as an answer, we are hoping to expand them more from here on out.”
(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)