Plug Power Inc. announced today an exclusive joint development agreement with Honda R&D Co. Ltd. of Japan, to develop and test an initial prototype home refuelling system for fuel cell automobiles.
Plug Power will integrate one of its GenSys(TM)5C stationary fuel cell systems with additional components necessary for the home refuelling concept, which will be supplied by Plug Power and Honda R&D.
The agreement covers the first phase of what is expected to be a multi-phase development project. Subsequent phases of the product development effort will be addressed in future agreements.
Honda R&D will fund Plug Power’s work under the agreement and purchase a second GenSys(TM)5C fuel cell system from Plug Power.
Honda purchased its first system from Plug Power in June, which is currently installed and operating at Honda R&D’s facility in Japan.
A home refuelling system is a fuel cell product that will provide heat, hot water, and electricity to a home, while also providing hydrogen fuel for a fuel cell vehicle. The device will be fuelled by natural gas, and is expected to be environmentally friendly due to its high efficiency and low emissions.
The GenSys(TM)5C, a fuel cell system based on Plug Power’s patented combined heat and power (CHP) technology, reportedly captures the heat generated during the production of electricity and makes it available for integration into a heating or hot water system. The system is said to be capable of generating 5kW of electricity and 9kW of heat.