Energy-producing Honda Smart Home gives more than it takes

By Nick Lavars Gizmag.com With homes and light-vehicles accounting for roughly 44 percent of total greenhouse gases emitted in the US, neutralizing these emissions would certainly go a long way towards a clean energy future. What if these sources of pollution could not only be nullified, but play an active role in reducing our environmental footprint? Such is the thinking behind the Honda Smart Home US unveiled last week, which generates enough solar energy to power both car and home, with a little left over to feed back into the grid. Constructed on campus at the University of California (UC), Davis, the Honda Smart Home US follows in the footsteps of the Honda Smart Home System, which the company demonstrated in Japan in 2012. But in addition to outlining an off-grid living solution, its latest effort hones in on the potential of smart connectivity between the home and main grid to impact...

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