Power Unit & Energy
The Center for research and development of
next-generation power units and energy technologies to
realize a “society with zero environmental impact”
Innovative Research Excellence, Power Unit & Energy is the base of research and development of next-generation clean power units and circulative energy technologies beyond the framework of our business fields. Namely, the center is the heart of Honda. We aim for a sustainable and circular society with our founder’s concept of “making people happy through technology” that he incorporated into the engines.
Next-generation power units and circulative energy technologies
This center will develop next-generation clean power units as well as circulative energy technologies to reuse electricity, hydrogen, and carbon as energy resources by utilizing the electricity derived from renewable energy, in order to strongly accelerate provision of these technologies for products of other companies and implementation to society. In addition, we will enhance not only the system that can quickly demonstrate new experience value, but the framework for demonstration experiments by collaborating with external organizations, to propose new value.
Mobile Power Pack e:
This is a portable, swappable battery used as a power source for various electric mobility products such as electric motorcycles and small-sized mobility products.
If an empty battery is swapped, the power supplied enables continuous driving or operation with no need to wait for charging.
Power Pack Exchanger e:
This is a station to charge/store the Mobile Power Packs. This technology can build a battery-sharing network as local energy infrastructure.
Hydrogen CycleFuel Cell Technology Use
Fuel Cell Power Unit
We have been developing the highly-reliable, low-cost fuel cell system gathering the best of Honda’s knowledge and experience of fuel cells, gained over more than 20 years by Honda. We will expand the application not only to passenger vehicles but to commercial trucks and generators for widespread use.Water Electrolysis Technology Generate
High Pressure Water Electrolysis System
This is a water-electrolysis-type hydrogen production system which can store hydrogen at the highest-level pressure (70 MPa) in the world without using a mechanical compressor by utilizing the unique “differential pressure retention design” developed by Honda. It is expected to be used for distributed storage of renewable energy and in the field of outer space, since this system has some advantages of being lightweight/compact and not requiring maintenance as frequently.
Gas Turbine Hybrid System
To realize a next-generation traffic system which is far better than the current air mobility in terms of convenience and safety of take-off/landing as well as quietness, Honda has been developing a new hybrid propulsion system with a fusion of the gas turbine technology nurtured during the aero engine development and the electrification technologies of generators, batteries, and motors nurtured for automobiles and F1. Honda has been aiming to achieve both the reduction of CO2 emissions by using “carbon-neutral fuel” and realization of intercity travel by extending the flight range.
Utilization Technology Generate
CCU (Carbon Capture and Utilization)
Honda has been conducting research into the following technologies to capture CO2 emitted in the air and reuse it as energy resources.
DAC (Direct Air Capture): technology to capture CO2 from the air
e-fuel: carbon-neutral fuel made from CO2 and hydrogen
Honda DREAMO: technology to convert CO2 into carbon-neutral fuel with algae