Honda Motor Co. Ltd has developed the Honda Smart Home System (HSHS) to venture into the smart home market. They are demonstration testing in a house the company built in the Japanese city of Saitama.
The HSHS installed in this demonstration test house consists of CIGS thin film solar cell panels, a home rechargeable battery unit, household gas engine cogeneration unit and hot water supply system, and the Smart e Mix Manager. The Smart e Mix Manager, the core of the HSHS, is a comprehensive energy management device which applies optimal control to electricity supplied from the commercial grid and generated by each energy device in the system.
Demonstration testing of the HSHS will be carried out, linked with electromotive mobility products such as electric vehicles, and the Internavi system. The company aims to reduce CO2 by 50% compared to the levels in year 2000 and to verify the future direction of personal mobility.
In May 2011, Honda signed an agreement to participate in the E-KIZUNA project run by the city of Saitama. To conduct demonstration testing with the HSHS-equipped house as a part of the E-KIZUNA project, Honda has built two houses – each for single-family use – in the vicinity of Saitama University. A third house is scheduled to be built in the same location, where all three houses will be linked for smart community demonstration testing. These tests are scheduled to continue until 2018.
From the results of these demonstrations, Honda plans to further develop products such as solar panels and cogeneration units, in the pursuit of total energy management within households.