Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) said it was working with industry to use hydrogen and renewable energy to decarbonise factories.

It has recently developed new electrolysing equipment that produces hydrogen from water, using the fuel cell stack and other technologies from the Mirai fuel cell electric car.

This equipment will be put into operation during March in supplier Denso‘s plant in Japan and will serve as a working demonstration designed to help promote its wider uptake in the future.

Toyota is also accelerating work with Fukushima prefecture to develop future cities, building a model for local hydrogen production and consumption. Using electrolysis equipment produces clean hydrogen that can be burned in one of the Denso plant’s gas furnaces.

Toyota said it had positioned hydrogen as a critical fuel for initiatives aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and contributing to the drive towards carbon neutrality. It is promoting hydrogen use through fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs), including passenger cars, trucks and buses, and also through the use of fuel cell (FC) products, such as stationary generators. To this end, it is working with industry in areas of hydrogen production, transportation, storage and usage.

Toyota itself is using hydrogen for FCEVs, stationary generators and production purposes. It has also promoted other activities such as the development and manufacture of FC trucks to transport hydrogen. In the future, it hopes to contribute to expanding the options for hydrogen production, using biogas generated from livestock manure, in addition to developing electrolysis equipment.

The electrolysis equipment has been newly developed, using the FC stack used in the Mirai saloon and Sora FC bus.

It benefits from both the technology Toyota has cultivated over many years of FCEV development and the knowledge and expertise it has accumulated from the technology’s use in different working environments worldwide.

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