Toyota to build megawatt-scale renewable power and hydrogen station in US

WCN Editorial Team 5 Dec 2017 NORTH AMERICA BUSINESS

Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) is set to build a new megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fuelling station at the Port of Long Beach, US.

The tri-gen facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen. It is touted to be world's first megawatt-scale 100% renewable power and hydrogen generation station.

The hydrogen will be supplied to Toyota fuel cell vehicles, including Project Portal Heavy-Duty Truck Concept.

Toyota Logistics Services at the Long Beach Port will become the first Toyota facility in North America to use 100% renewable power.

The tri-gen facility, expected to become operational in 2020, will generate 2.35MW of electricity and 1.2 tonnes of hydrogen per day to meet the requirements of 2,350 average-sized homes and daily driving needs of 1,500 vehicles.

The tri-gen facility will supply all Toyota fuel cell vehicles moving through the port, including new deliveries of the Mirai sedan and Heavy Duty hydrogen fuel cell class 8 truck, called Project Portal.

The company has built a hydrogen fuelling station on-site with the help of Air Liquide to support the refuelling operations.

FuelCell Energy has developed the tri-gen facility with the support of the US Department of Energy, California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Orange County Sanitation District, and the University of California at Irvine.

The facility meets the air quality standards of California.

Toyota group vice-president of strategic planning Doug Murtha said: “For more than 20 years, Toyota has been leading the development of fuel cell technology because we understand the tremendous potential to reduce emissions and improve society.

“Tri-gen is a major step forward for sustainable mobility and a key accomplishment of our 2050 Environmental Challenge to achieve net zero CO2 emissions from our operations.”

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