September 11, 2020 at 9:08 am

A natural disaster can hit a region very bad and once it does, this area might be left without power and electricity

By Sandesh Ilhe

A natural disaster can hit a region very bad and once it does, this area might be left without power and electricity. To present a solution for the issue, Toyota and Honda are starting tests this month on their “Moving e system”, a mobile fuel cell power supply bus that will provide electricity for disaster-hit communities.

The plan for the charging station bus is to be able to function within a 62 miles (100 km) of a hydrogen refueling station.

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Power generation and output system

The mobile Moving e system will comprise Toyota’s fuel cell bus, two Power Exporter 9000 portable power stations from Honda, 20 LiB-AID E500, 36 Honda Mobile Power Pack portable battery packs, and charger/dischargers for Mobile Power Packs, from Honda as well.

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According to the plan, the entire system is designed to generate 454 kWh with a 18 kW output.

Fuel Cell Bus Tests To Provide Electricity After Natural Disasters
Charging Station charging batteries. Source: Honda

 

The system will work by driving the Charging Station to the required location, where the Moving e kicks in to provide electricity. Portable external power output devices and portable batteries will work together to take electricity from the fuel cell bus, which will essentially act as a power source, and transition electricity to devices and appliances.

Fuel Cell Bus Tests To Provide Electricity After Natural Disasters
Honda mobile power pack. Source: Honda

Aside from generating electricity, the Charging Station will also provide a resting area for people affected by the disasters.

Testing of the various parts of the fuel cell bus begin this month to ensure it can function in a number of different disaster case scenarios.

Fuel Cell Bus Tests To Provide Electricity After Natural Disasters
Honda LiB-AID E500. Source: Honda

If all goes well with the testing process, the fuel cell bus will be deployed as a “phase-free” system, which means that it will be used in disaster-affected areas to support places such as evacuations centers, and in regular times it will be also generating power during events such as festivals or concerts. Quite a diversity.

Fuel Cell Bus Tests To Provide Electricity After Natural Disasters


Sandesh Ilhe

With an Engineers degree in Advanced Database Management and Information Security, Sandesh brings the deep understanding of the digital world to the table. His articles reflect the challenges and the complexities that come along with every disruption in the industry. He carries over six years of experience on working with websites and ensuring that the right article reaches the right reader.

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