Toyota to Build the World's First Megawatt-scale H2 Generation Station

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] On-site H2 production and pressurization to supply Toyota’s Heavy-Duty Class-8 Concept.

    James Davis – CleanMPG – Nov. 28, 2017


    Toyota is planning to build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with an H2 fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. The Tri-Gen facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen.

    But first, the H2 fueled Class-8 truck...

    Class-8 H2 Fueled Big Rig -- Project Portal

    “Project Portal” is a hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy-duty truck use. The zero-emission class 8 truck proof of concept has completed more than 4,000 successful development miles, while progressively pulling drayage rated cargo weight, and emitting nothing but water vapor.

    Initial feasibility study routes to move goods from select Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach terminals to surrounding rail yards and warehouses for distribution began on October 23rd. It’s estimated the truck’s daily trips will total around 200 miles. These localized, frequent route patterns are designed to test the demanding drayage duty-cycle capabilities of the fuel cell system while capturing real world performance data. As the study progresses, longer haul routes will be introduced.

    The initial feasibility study operations will be managed by the TMNA Project Portal team, in collaboration with Toyota’s Service Parts Accessories Operations group and its drayage provider, Southern Counties Express (SCE).

    Revealed in April 2017, Project Portal is the next step in Toyota’s effort to broaden the application of zero-emission fuel cell technology that can serve a range of industries. It is a fully functioning heavy duty truck with the power and torque capacity to conduct port drayage operations while producing zero emissions. Heavy duty vehicles make up a significant percentage of the annual emissions output at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and the Portal feasibility study may provide another path to further reduce emissions.

    The Project Portal heavy-duty truck concept generates more than 670 hp and 1,325 lb-ft. of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, a relatively small battery to support class 8 load operations. The concept’s gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 lbs., and its estimated driving range is more than 200 miles per fill, under normal drayage operation.

    Local H2 Production and renewable electric energy for the grid

    When Toyota’s Trigen plant comes online in 2020, Tri-Gen 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. The power generation facility will be 100% renewable, supplying Toyota Logistics Services’ (TLS) operations at the Port and making them the first Toyota facility in North America to use 100% renewable power.

    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 H2 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.

    Tri-Gen has been developed by FuelCell Energy with the support of the US DOE, California agencies including the California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Orange County Sanitation District, and the University of California at Irvine, whose research helped develop the core technology. The facility exceeds California’s strict air quality standards and advances the overall goals of the California Air Resources Board, the California Energy Commission, and the Air Quality Management Districts of the South Coast and the Bay Area, who have been leaders in the work to reduce emissions and improve air quality.

    Going forward, Toyota remains committed to supporting the development of a consumer- facing hydrogen infrastructure to realize the potential of fuel cell vehicles. Thirty-one retail hydrogen stations are now open for business in California, and Toyota continues to partner with a broad range of companies to develop new 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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  2. vangonebuy

    vangonebuy Well-Known Member

    Truly fascinating tech.
    2 problems:
    The cost of running H2 is approx twice the cost of current fuels.
    And since the fuel cell vehicles all have batteries. Why add this complex system to an otherwise electric vehicle.

    Why not keep the fuel cells at the filling stations as chargers?
    Battery electric vehicles may not be the best in all circumstances. They do seem to be a leader in the race.
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