Nissan debuted a new concept at the recent technology fair CEATEC in Chiba, Japan but it wasn’t a car. The NSH-2012 is a smart house Nissan intends to develop which was designed to integrate seamlessly with their Leaf electric car. Technology which Nissan is developing will allow the house and car to exchange surplus energy based on need. The house is equipped with roof top solar panels and a fuel cell to generate electricity.
To maximize available space, NSH-2012 adopts the high-floor style of ancient Japanese housing design. A polyhedral room, which can fit in the urban landscape of the near future, features a monocoque structure used in aircraft; the outer panel of the main body is also subjected to structural stress. With a power supply system that combines double power generation (solar power and fuel cell power) with the LEAF to Home system, this home can maintain stable in-house power supply that is not affected by weather, and can rely on solar power and power stored in an EV’s batteries if power is cut off during a disaster. With an energy management system that uses next-generation mobile communications, the home’s electric appliances also employ energy-saving and remote-controlled maintenance features.
Nobunori Suzuki, Nissan’s Technology Marketing Director said a the debut that the project is on track and could possibly be available for sale to the public by the end of the year.
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