HONDA has revealed, the Mobile Power Pack, which is a portable battery that can be used to store excess renewable energy before being used as a power source.
Honda has revealed a portable battery that can be used to store excess renewable energy before being used as a power source.
The Mobile Power Pack World is designed to solve the problem with the fact that renewable energy sources do not necessarily create electricity that coincides with demand, for example wind power generation at night.
Honda envisions storing this excess energy in portable batteries, with each power pack capable of a 1kWh output.
These can then be used as a power source for various applications, including small vehicles such as scooters and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).
The Japanese car manufacturer says that the advantage of using swappable batteries is that charging times are eliminated, because owners can simply swap out depleted batteries for fully charged ones.
To demonstrate its potential uses, Honda is showing off the technology this week at CES – the international electronics show in Las Vegas.
A PCX Electric scooter and electric ATV concept are displayed with the removable battery pack fitted.
However, the advantages of such a system extend beyond vehicle propulsion.
Honda expects the pack to be useful for people looking to store energy for recreational purposes such as camping, or for use during an emergency.
It could be of particular use in remote areas where the energy supply is not stable.