US port in hydrogen power plant first
Toyota is building what it calls the world's first Megawatt-scale 100% renewable power and hydrogen plant at the US Port of Long Beach.
The Tri-Gen facility will be the first Toyota facility in North America to use 100% renewable power using bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen.
“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,” said 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.”
When it comes online in 2020, Tri-Gen will generate approximately 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tonnes 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.
The power generation facility will be 100% renewable, supplying Toyota Logistics Services’ (TLS) operations at the port.
Tri-Gen is a key step forward in Toyota’s work to develop a hydrogen society. In addition to serving as a key proof-of-concept for 100% renewable, local hydrogen generation at scale, the facility will supply all Toyota fuel cell vehicles moving through the Port, including new deliveries of the Mirai sedan and Toyota’s Heavy-Duty hydrogen fuel cell class 8 truck, known as Project Portal.
To support these refueling operations, Toyota has also built one of the largest hydrogen fueling stations in the world on-site with the help of Air Liquide.
Toyota continues to partner with a broad range of companies to develop new hydrogen stations. That includes a partnership with Shell that represents the first such collaboration between a major automotive and major oil company.
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