Honda Introduces Zero-net Energy Test House

Honda Introduces Zero-net Energy Test House

Honda’s proprietary home energy management system and efficient design will enable the home’s resident to consume less than half of the energy of a similarly sized new home in the Davis area for heating, cooling, and lighting. The home is also three times more water-efficient than a typical home in the United States.

The name of the home’s occupant, which will be a member of the UC David community, will be announced shortly. The fully-furnished home comes equipped with a Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicle for the resident’s daily transportation.

Honda reports that the home will serve as a living laboratory where the company, along with researchers from UC Davis and Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), will evaluate new technologies and business opportunities where housing, transportation, energy, and the environment intersect.

Currently, energy used to power homes and light duty vehicles contributes to approximately 44 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Technology that enables distributed renewable energy generation to supply power to homes and cars seamlessly is one of the key potential pathways to address climate change.

UC Davis’s West Village, where the Honda Smart Homes is located, is the largest planned zero-net energy housing development in the United States.

Honda’s home energy management system (HEMS) is a proprietary hardware and software system the company says “controls and optimizes electrical generation and consumption throughout the home’s microgrid. A 10kWh battery energy storage system in the garage, using the same lithium-ion cells that are used in the Honda Fit EV, allows stored solar energy to be used at night, when household demand typically peaks and electric vehicles are usually charged. Honda’s HEMS leverages the battery to balance, shift and buffer loads to minimize the home’s impact to the electric grid.”

Steve Center, vice president of the environmental business development office of American Honda, adds: “With the Honda Smart Home, we’ve developed technologies and design solutions to address two primary sources of greenhouse gas emissions – homes and cars. Ultimately, our goal is to contribute to the public dialogue about addressing CO2 emissions.”

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