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Honda to supply power conversion gear for French smart grid

Project envisions energy-sharing between homes and cars

A concept rendering of Honda's Power Manager system to be used in the French smart-grid project.

LONDON -- Honda Motor will take part in a French smart-grid project that uses electric cars as storage batteries, offering proprietary power conversion technology in a market where solar and wind power generation is increasingly taking hold.

The government-backed pilot project will be carried out through 2020 in the northwestern region of Brittany. A smart grid will deliver solar, wind and other green energy generated in 300-plus locations to end users, with electric-car batteries serving as power storage to compensate for inherent fluctuations in output.

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