Toyota & Honda partner on fuel cell bus mobile power generation system to supply electricity in disasters
01 September 2020
Toyota Motor Corporation and Honda R&D Co., Ltd. will create a mobile power generation/output system—Moving e—that comprises a fuel cell bus that can carry a large amount of hydrogen; portable external power output devices; and portable batteries. The partners will begin demonstration testing of the system’s ability to deliver electricity anytime and anywhere.
Moving e equipment set: 1 CHARGING STATION fuel cell bus; 2 units of Power Exporter 9000 external power output device; 36 units of Honda Mobile Power Pack; 20 units of LiB-AID E500; 36 units of Honda Mobile Power Pack Charge & Supply Concept charger/discharger.
When a power grid is damaged during a disaster such as typhoons and rainstorms, people suffer from an interruption in the supply of power to their homes and evacuation centers. To address this issue, Toyota and Honda will bring technologies together to create a mobile power generation/output system and conduct demonstration testing of delivering electricity to people.
Taking advantage of its mobility, the Moving e can be utilized as a “phase-free” system which can be used in times of a disaster to support disaster response by supplying electricity in an affected area, as well as in normal times for routine uses such as supplying power at an event. Through this demonstration testing, the two companies will confirm the actual needs of people and verify usability of the system.
The Moving e mobile power generation/output system will comprise:
Toyota’s CHARGING STATION fuel cell bus
Honda’s Power Exporter 9000 portable external power output device
Two types of Honda’s portable batteries: LiB-AID E500 and Honda Mobile Power Pack (MPP)
Honda Mobile Power Pack Charge & Supply Concept charger/discharger for MPP
The CHARGING STATION loaded with all equipment will be driven to the place and the Moving e will supply electricity in actual locations. More specifically, portable external power output devices and portable batteries will be used to take electricity out of the fuel cell bus, which serves as a power source, and feed electricity to electrical appliances.
Developed based on the previous version of Toyota FC Bus, the CHARGING STATION fuel cell bus is equipped with twice as many high-pressure hydrogen tanks that significantly increase the amount of hydrogen it can carry, enabling the CHARGING STATION to feature a high-output and large-capacity power generation capacity (generates 454kWh with maximum output of 18kW).
In case of power outage during a disaster, this large capacity enables the Moving e to supply electricity in indoor areas such as an evacuation center, as well as inside vehicles by storing electricity generated by the CHARGING STATION in large-capacity portable batteries, namely Honda Mobile Power Packs and LiB-AID E500 via the Power Exporter 9000.
Furthermore, featuring a space where people can take a nap, the CHARGING STATION can serve not only as a means of transportation but also as a place for people to rest in times of a disaster.
The two companies will verify the effectiveness of the Moving e mobile power generation/output system as a phase-free system through various uses by municipalities and businesses which fulfill the necessary conditions and are willing to cooperate with the testing.
Phase-free refers to the concept of utilizing the same products and services not only in normal times but also in times of an emergency by eliminating the concept of two different phases—i.e., normal time and time of emergency.