Toyota is going full blast on efforts to push fuel cell and hydrogen technology as the propulsion of choice for vehicles of the future with the plans to construct the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station.
Called Tri-Gen, the facility aims to go online by 2020 and will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen to support the automaker’s operations at the Port of Long Beach.
2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day is the amount of power Tri-Gen intends to generate and that’s enough to run 2,350 average-sized homes and nearly 1,500 vehicles using 100% renewable energy.
"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. 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," said Doug Murtha, Group Vice President- Strategic Planning.
Tri-Gen will supply power for new deliveries of the Mirai sedan and Toyota's Heavy Duty hydrogen fuel cell class 8 truck, known as Project Portal, all of which pass through the Port of Long Beach.