A portable clean source of power that could in some case be the difference between life and death.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Sept 2, 2012
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has developed a power supply system that uses electricity generated within a fuel cell bus (FC bus) to supply electrical power to devices such as home electrical appliances.
A Fuel Cell bus equipped with the latest power supply system has two electrical 100 V AC outlets (inside the cabin that can supply a maximum output of 3 kW and potentially power a single homes appliances continuously for more than 100 hours.
As part of the emergency power-supply section of the comprehensive disaster-control training to be conducted by Aichi Prefecture and Toyota City today, the system is expected to power approximately 20 information display monitors inside a disaster control headquarters tent.
Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) generate electricity from H2 to power a drive motor can supply a much greater amount of electrical power than battery electric vehicles (BEVs). The scheme could make stored hydrogen the mobile power-supply vehicle of choice that can be used at such places as evacuation and warming centers following a natural disaster.
Toyota is also developing a vehicle-to-home (V2H) system for supplying electricity from a Fuel Cell bus to a building's existing electrical wiring with the goal of providing a maximum output of 9.8 kW for 50 hours. With a full tank of hydrogen, an FC bus with the V2H system could be used to power the lights inside an average school gymnasium (with a power consumption of approximately 100 kWh) for approximately five days.
While affordability and H2 infrastructure are still question marks, the technology must be prototyped before considering a practical application and Toyota just doing just that.