A Zero Carbon Lifestyle Home and Transportation Part 1

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WITH ADVANCES IN GREEN TECHNOLOGY MOVING FORWARD
RAPIDLY, AND EFFECTING NEARLY EVERY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES, WE
MAY FIND OURSELVES WONDERING WHAT IS IN THE FUTURE? HOW WILL OUR HOMES BE DIFFERENT
IN YEARS TO COME? WHAT WILL OUR CARS BE LIKE? THIS IS THE HONDA FIT EV. A BATTERY ELECTRIC VEHICLE
ARRIVING AT A RESIDENTIAL HOME OF THE FUTURE. THE FIT EV PARKS CONVENIENTLY IN
THE GARAGE. WHERE IT IS RECHARGED WHILE NOT
IN USE. THE ELECTRICAL CHARGE COMES
DIRECTLY FROM THE HOUSE. THE VEHICLE HAS BECOME AN
INTRICAL PART OF HOUSEHOLD OPERATIONS. TODAY, WE'LL GET A GLIMPSE INTO
THE NOT SO DISTANT FUTURE BY VISITING THIS MODEL HOME AND
VEHICLE WITH ZERO CARBON FOOTPRINT. SEE WHAT'S IN STORE FOR YOU,
YOUR FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY.

HERE ON THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF
THINK GREEN. (MUSIC)
(MUSIC) THIS IS THE
HONDA SMART HOME IN DAVIS, CALIFORNIA. ON THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
CAMPUS. IT'S A 2,000 SQUARE FOOT HOUSE. THAT'S A SHOWCASE FOR
ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATION RENEWABLE ENERGY. IT'S A LIVING SPACE WHERE NEW
TECHNOLOGIES DEMONSTRATE A VISION FOR SUSTAINABLE CARBON
LIVING AND PERSONAL MOBILITY. THE PURPOSE OF A HONDA SMART
PROJECT WAS TO THINK ABOUT A VISION FOR NET ZERO CARBON
LIFESTYLE. WHICH INCLUDES YOUR
TRANSPORTATION AND ALSO YOUR HOME. MICHAEL KOENIG IS THE HONDA
SMART HOME
PROJECT LEADER AND HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH THIS HOME SINCE
ITS CONCEPTION.

FOR THE AVERAGE PERSON, IT IS
GOING TO ELIMINATE OVER 40% OF YOUR GREENHOUSE GAS FOOTPRINT. THE SOLAR PANELS ON THE TOP OF
THE ROOF OF THIS HOME PRODUCES AS MUCH ENERGY OR MORE ON AN
ANNUAL BASIS THAN IS CONSUMED BY THE HOUSE AND THE HONDA FIT EV. ELECTRIFIED VEHICLES, BATTERY
ELECTRIC VEHICLES, HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND SOLAR
PANELS ARE A GREAT TECHNOLOGIES THAT WE REALLY WANT TO SEE
CONTINUED TO GROW IN THE FUTURE. BUT IN ORDER FOR THEM TO ACHIEVE
MASS ADOPTION, WE REALLY NEED TO IMPROVE THE WAY THAT THESE
TECHNOLOGIES COMMUNICATE WITH THEMSELVES AND ALSO WITH THE
ELECTRICAL GRID. THE HONDA SMART HOME USES AN
ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT COORDINATES ALL ENERGY LOADS
INTERNALLY AND WORKS WITH THE ELECTRICITY GRID. THE HOME ENERGY MANAGEMENT
SYSTEM WILL CHOOSE THE MOST CARBON EFFICIENT MEANS TO CHARGE
THE HONDA FIT EV. RYAN HARTY IS THE MANAGER OF
ENVIRONMENTAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AT AMERICAN HONDA.

GENERALLY, WHEN THE SUN IS
SHINING AND THE SOLAR PANELS ARE GENERATING ELECTRICITY, THE BEST
USE OF THAT SOLAR ELECTRICITY IS TO CHARGE THE CAR IF IT'S
PLUGGED IN OR TO STORE IN THE BATTERY THAT'S HERE OR TO USE IN
THE ELECTRIC LOADS IN THE HOUSE ON SITE. (MUSIC)
THE NEXT BEST USE OF SOLAR ELECTRICITY IS DEFEATED
BACK TO THE ELECTRICAL GRID. IN GENERAL, WE WANT TO AVOID
FEEDING THE SOLAR BACK TO THE GRID. BECAUSE THERE ARE LOSES
ASSOCIATED WITH THAT. WE HAVE TO CONVERT IT BACK TO
ACL ELECTRICITY.

THERE'S SOME LOSS OF CONVERSION
BACK THERE AS WELL, THE DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM ON THE
ELECTRIC GRID HAS LOSES ASSOCIATED WITH IT. THE FIRST PURPOSE OF THE ENERGY
MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IS TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY THAT GETS
USED. AND SO THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE USES
WHAT'S CALLED, DC. DIRECT CURRENT IN IT'S
BATTERIES. AND THE SOLAR PANELS CREATE DC. SO, IT'S MOST EFFICIENT IF WE
CAN USE THAT DC TO CHARGE THE CAR DIRECTLY. THE HOME ENERGY MANAGEMENT
SYSTEM WILL PERFORM DETAILED CALCULATIONS LIKE MEASURING THE
SUNSHINE AND UNDERSTANDING HOW MUCH ELECTRICITY IS NEEDED. BOTH FOR THE FIT EV AND THE
STORAGE BATTERY. AND IT WILL DECIDE WHAT THE MOST
CARBON EFFICIENT WAYS OF CHARGING THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE
WILL BE. WE CAN USE MORE OF THE
ELECTRICITY THAT'S GENERATED ON THE SOLAR PANELS OF THE HONDA
SMART HOME AND REDUCE THE TOTAL LOSSES SO YOU CAN DRIVE MORE
MILE OUT OF THE SAME AMOUNT OF SUNSHINE. EVERY ASPECT OF THE HONDA SMART
HOME IS SUSTAINABLE OR ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE. INCLUDING THE MATERIALS USED IN
THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE HOME.

COMING UP, WE'LL TAKE AN IN
DEPTH LOOK INSIDE THE HONDA SMART HOME AND LEARN HOW THE
INTERIOR IS DESIGNED WITH AN EYE TO SUSTAINABILITY..

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