A little water power can pull about seven gas-powered cars off the road.

That's the gist of an effort by Honda to cut emissions by equipping a plant with a little hydro-electric power plant. The Japanese automaker outlined its recent efforts in a two-minute video with the tagline "every drop counts." In the video, Honda engineers talk about how capturing falling waste water using a turbine-type device can produce electricity for the vehicle factory.

Honda says this particular example will cut electricity use by 50,000 kilowatt hours a year, ultimately reducing CO2 emissions by about 70,000 pounds annually. That's about equal to the average emissions put out by seven cars in the US. Check out the Honda video below.



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      Rob J
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live in a place where 95%+ of our power comes from hydro and yes, people still get upset about the damage dams (and reservoirs) do to the environment. It's seems rediculous BUT if people did not ask questions and get upset the engineering and power companies would have free reign to do what they want and we would be worse off for it. Conservation or an increase in efficiency should ALWAYS take priority over generating more power.
        Spec
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob J
        Yeah, I get annoyed at the whining about hydro power. So do you want a coal plant instead?
          Rob J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Spec
          No, I want RESPONSIBLE hydro power. People seem to think it's either one or the other; you either have to blindly build wind farms and hydro dams OR you build nothing but coal fired power plants. Nothing is black and white and there are many examples of poorly planned hydro plants that ended up doing more harm than good. Where I live in BC, the latest debate is over a damn in the north east corner of the province. The issue is whether or not it needs to be built at all. The general idea is that it is being built because the natural gas extractors, coal mines, copper mines, gold mines, zinc mines et al. in the province want cheaper power. So do you want a reservoir built that destroys both excellent farm land and forest area in the name of extracting more coal OR would you rather somebody put their hand up and say "is this REALLY a good idea?" so that a proper assessment can be completed.
        brotherkenny4
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob J
        Don't forget the environmentalists that hate wind because it kills birds. Although, I know that many more birds are killed by trees. Perhaps we need to cut down all the trees to save the birds. Then too, cars kill millions of animals every year including birds. It all seems too bizarre. I actually think the environmental groups have been infiltrated by industry moles whose intent is to drive the policy of these groups to the irrational extreme. Or, maybe their just a bunch of flakes. Anyway, nothing that the human population does is done without impact. The question is are we improving on that or getting worse. Certainly our population is getting larger, and thus if our technology remains the same, we are getting worse. We should be trying to improve the situation, but industry doesn't agree.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob J
        As a matter of law here in Washington State, Hydroelectric power is NOT considered renewable energy. Now I'm waiting for us to legally declare the sun is dark and the moon is a giant space alien.
      Spec
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about you give us an EV so we can power our cars by hydro?
        zoom_zoom_zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Go buy a Honda Fit EV. Or an electric Honda scooter!
          Spec
          • 2 Years Ago
          @zoom_zoom_zoom
          The Honda Fit is limited edition compliance car.
          paulwesterberg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @zoom_zoom_zoom
          The Fit EV sounds like a nice car, but honda wont sell the car. They only have plans to lease a few thousands of them in California.
        paulwesterberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        No kidding, It would make a much bigger difference if Honda made efficiency the top vehicle design consideration.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Spec
        Word up homie. Remember how the used to advertise their engineering prowess?
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Every year, billions of dish die and land is destroyed due to hydro power, due to evil utility companies starving children haliburton, blah blah blah. My sarcastic point is, people will scream about anything.
      Giza Plateau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems like a dishonest excuse to not do something about their cars.
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Giza Plateau
        Honda used to be so cool....
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