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Toyota to Build Fuel Cell Power Plant

| Editor: Janina Seit

Toyota plans to generate electricity and hydrogen from biological waste and is building a fuel cell power plant in the megawatt range. The plant is called "Tri-Gen" and will be built in Long Beach, California.

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According to Toyota, the fuel cell truck generates more than 670 hp and a maximum torque of almost 1,800 Newton meters.
( Source: Toyota )

Around 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 metric tons of hydrogen per day: these are the targets for the production of electricity and hydrogen from bio-waste at "Tri-Gen". Toyota's planned fuel cell power plant is being built in California in the port of Long Beach. The plant will house one of the largest hydrogen filling stations. In this way, the Japanese car builder intends to support the use of fuel cell vehicles in the Californian region.

Hydrogen for Sedans and Trucks

The plant will also supply Toyota's fuel cell vehicles, which will be used in the port of Long Beach, with locally produced hydrogen from 100 % renewable energy sources. This includes the Mirai sedan (combined hydrogen consumption of 0.76 kg/100 km; combined electricity consumption 0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 0 g/km). The heavy-duty truck, which is already being tested in day-to-day operation as part of the "Project Portal" for goods and freight transport, will also be hydrogen operated.

The concept vehicle of the "Project Portal", which weighs up to 36 tons, has a range of up to 320 kilometers per tank filling.
The concept vehicle of the "Project Portal", which weighs up to 36 tons, has a range of up to 320 kilometers per tank filling.
( Source: Toyota )

Energy from Agricultural Waste

Tri-Gen "is expected to generate around 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 metric tons of hydrogen per day from 2020 onwards. This output would meet the energy requirements of 2,350 average households and of almost 1,500 vehicles. According to Toyota, this is the first plant in North America to exclusively use renewable energies, mainly from agricultural waste. With the support of the gas supplier Air Liquide, one of the world's largest hydrogen filling stations is to be built on the Tri-Gen site.

Comparison of the Acceleration of Fuel Cell Truck vs. Diesel Truck

Background: The Tri-Gen Fuel Cell Power Plant

Tri-Gen was developed by Fuelcell Energy, a company specializing in the construction and operation of fuel cell power plants. The construction of the plant is supported by US federal, regional and local authorities as well as the University of California in Irvine, whose research has helped in developing the key technologies. Among other things, the new power plant meets California's strict air quality requirements. There are already 31 hydrogen filling stations in the Golden State on the US west coast, and Toyota is working with partners to build more stations, including Shell, a petroleum company.

This article was first published by Automobil Industrie.

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