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Stationary Fuel Cells Produce 1 MW at Honda Facility

Linda Hardesty

American Honda Motor Co. installed a stationary fuel cell system on its Torrance, Calif., campus that will produce 1 MW and reduce CO2 emissions from Honda’s operations in the region.

The fuel cell system consists of five energy servers each producing 200 kW, and will provide 25 percent of Honda’s electricity needs for its 1.13-million-sq-feet of office space, research, design and development operations, and parts distribution center on the 101 acre campus.

Over a project life of ten years, the system will reduce Honda’s carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 16 million pounds.

Over the past decade, American Honda has implemented a number of initiatives to reduce the company’s carbon footprint at its Torrance campus, including the installation of high efficiency cooling systems and a recent lighting retrofit that cut the facility’s CO2 emissions by nearly 750,000 pounds per year.

American Honda contracted with Bloom Energy and its partner, Core States Group, to design, develop and implement this project. Bloom Energy will provide all monitoring and maintenance for the fuel cells.

Honda leads all automakers with twelve LEED-certified buildings in North America. Ten of its 14 North American manufacturing facilities are zero-waste to landfill. In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to announce voluntary CO2 emissions reduction targets for its global fleet of automobile, power sports and power equipment products and its global network of manufacturing plants.

BMW Manufacturing recently expanded its hydrogen fuel-cell material handling equipment across its 4-million-sq-ft production facility in Spartanburg, SC.



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