Honda’s wholly-owned solar cell subsidiary, Honda Soltec Co., began mass production of solar cells in October 2007. Using thin film made from a compound of copper, indium, gallium and selenium instead of silicon, Honda’s next-generation solar cell achieves a 50% reduction in the amount of energy consumed during the manufacturing process compared to what is required to produce conventional crystal silicon solar cells. Whether we will see these cells used in any of Honda’s future transport solutions is unknown.
Other interesting activities being conducted by Honda are:
- researching cellulosic ethanol production from soft biomass in cooperation with the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth.
- household cogeneration units