American Honda Motor Co., Inc. announced yesterday its plan to create the Honda Smart Home US, a showcase for environmental innovation and renewable energy enabling technologies that demonstrates Honda’s vision for sustainable, zero-carbon living and personal mobility.
This vision includes the use of solar power to charge a Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicle.
A groundbreaking held April 25 at the construction site on the campus of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), marked the start of the building process, which will be documented and shared through the Honda Smart Home US website.
Envisioning a lifestyle of renewable energy for home and transportation, Honda said the Honda Smart Home US will feature new and emerging technologies to greatly reduce the amount of energy consumed by individual households, and will provide a pathway for the full integration of electric vehicles into the home.
The hi-tech sustainable home will demonstrate an approach to meeting the state of California’s goal of requiring all new residential construction to be “zero net energy” by 2020.
It is expected to produce more energy than it consumes, using less than half of the energy of a similarly sized new home in the Davis area for heating, cooling, and lighting.
Honda said the Smart Home will also give its occupants comprehensive control over all home systems, allowing the residents to remotely and continually monitor and adjust all aspects of energy use in real time.
Among the many technologies that will be applied to the Honda Smart Home US are:
- Solar Power System
- Honda Energy Management System
- High-efficiency HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and Lighting System designed by UC Davis
- Direct solar PV-to-vehicle charging
- Certified “Green” Home
The company anticipates construction of the Honda Smart Home, at a site in the UC Davis West Village development, to be completed by the end of 2013.
The home will be leased to individuals associated with UC Davis, though further details have not been finalized.
In 2012, Honda unveiled the Honda Smart Home System (HSHS) in the city of Saitama, Japan. The HSHS project includes two homes: one is a demonstration-only home while the other serves as a residence for Honda associates.
Both feature comprehensive controls of in-house energy supply and demand, and help manage both the generation and consumption of energy for the home.
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