We’ve been covering developments out of Toyota’s wide-scale trial of hydrogen-powered trucks in California, now comes an even bigger commitment from the Japanese vehicle manufacturer.
One of the biggest proponents of hydrogen power, Toyota will now build what it claims to be the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant.
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The facility will accommodate a hydrogen fuelling station that will be used to refuel the trucks being used at the Port of Long Beach as part of it’s ‘Project Portal’ operation.
Set to come online in 2020, the facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen.
It will generate approximately 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day, enough to power the equivalent of about 2,350 average-sized homes and meet the daily driving needs of nearly 1,500 vehicles.
“For more than twenty years, Toyota has been leading the development of fuel cell technology because we understand the tremendous potential to reduce emissions and improve society,” – Doug Murtha, group vice president- Strategic Planning.
“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.”
Check out Toyota’s Project Portal truck in action:
We’ll keep you updated with further info on Project Portal in our Toyota News section.