Honda Smart Home US Overview
Honda Smart Home US, located on the West Village campus of the University of California, Davis, is capable of producing more energy on-site from renewable sources than it consumes annually, including enough energy to power a Honda Fit EV for daily commuting.
Passive Solar Design -- Honda Smart Home US
Honda Smart Home is designed to be extremely energy efficient by taking into account local weather conditions, sun direction and the home's outer shell. Known as "passive design," these techniques reduce the energy needed for heating and cooling while maintaining comfortable living conditions.
Radiant Geothermal Heating & Cooling -- Honda Smart Home US
In homes and cars, heating and air conditioning systems consume significant amounts of energy. In the ground beneath Honda Smart Home's backyard, eight 20-foot deep boreholes allow a geothermal heat pump to harness the ground's relatively stable thermal sink to heat and cool the home's floors and ceiling throughout the year.
Addressing Solar Intermittency with a Home Energy Management System (HEMS)
Distributed renewable energy and plug-in electric vehicles can provide zero carbon living and mobility, but they also present new challenges to electric grid operators.