das interessante ist nicht nur ,dass die Produktion des Hydrogen fuel reicht für die tägliche Fahrleistung eines Autos,sondern der Hinweis auf die Technologie für backup Power im Fall von Stromausfall und dass PLUG den GenCore(TM) 5T bald verschiffen wird
LATHAM, N.Y., Oct 2, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq: PLUG and Honda R&D Co., Ltd. of Japan announced today the successful demonstration of a prototype Home Energy Station at Honda R&D Americas' facility in Torrance, California. The Home Energy Station is a fully integrated system co-developed by Plug Power and Honda, using proprietary technologies from both companies. The system was developed under the exclusive joint development agreement that was signed between Plug Power and Honda in October 2002.
The system, fueled by natural gas, demonstrated its ability to export electricity to the grid, and generated, stored and delivered hydrogen fuel to Honda's FCX fuel cell vehicle. The Home Energy Station can produce enough hydrogen to fill one fuel cell vehicle every day. The system requires no electricity from the grid; all energy needs are derived from the natural gas fuel. The prototype demonstration marks the completion of the first major milestone of Plug Power's work with Honda on the Home Energy Station. Plug Power and Honda intend to extend their collaboration into 2004 to improve the system
Hydrogen fuel allows fuel cell vehicles to run with maximum efficiency and zero emissions, producing only water as a by-product. Widespread adoption of fuel cell vehicles will be facilitated by installation of a hydrogen-fueling infrastructure. The Home Energy Station is expected to offer customers a new paradigm in fueling convenience by allowing vehicle refueling, and providing electricity, heat, and backup power for the home or business. In addition to the Home Energy Station product with Honda, backup power is an important feature of other products in Plug Power's portfolio. During the power blackout in the northeastern United States in August 2003, a number of Plug Power's current GenSys(TM) 5CS products continued to supply power to Plug Power's customers during the outage. Later this year, Plug Power expects to begin shipping the GenCore(TM) 5T, a backup power product for telecommunications applications. Plug Power's early experience with backup power technology should benefit the development effort with Honda, because the Home Energy Station is expected to leverage the same technology platform as these other products. "The electricity blackouts in the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Denmark and, most recently, Italy, underscore the need for reliable backup power to protect our critical infrastructures, like telecom and broadband, and also to protect our homes and businesses
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