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article imageToyota to build megawatt-scale hydrogen power station

By Karen Graham     Dec 1, 2017 in Technology
Long Beach - Toyota of North America announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 30 that is it constructing the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station in Southern California.
Called the 'Tri-Gen" facility, locally-sourced agricultural bio-waste will be used to generate water, electricity, and hydrogen. In a press release, Toyota says, Tri-Gen will generate approximately 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day — enough to power 2,350 homes and meet the daily driving needs of nearly 1,500 vehicles.
When the Tri-Gen facility comes online in 2020, it will be the world's first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach in Southern California.
Hydrogen produced at the new facility will be used to fuel the Toyota Project Portal heavy-duty hydr...
Hydrogen produced at the new facility will be used to fuel the Toyota Project Portal heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell Class 8 trucks at its Long Beach Port facility.
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Doug Murtha, Toyota’s group vice president for strategic planning said, “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.”
According to Trucks.com, Toyota will use the hydrogen produced at the new facility to fuel its prototype fuel cell heavy-duty truck it will be running out of the port and will eventually fuel Mirai passenger sedans being imported from Japan. “This is the next step in Toyota’s efforts to build a clean and sustainable future powered by hydrogen," Murtha said.
Toyota's Proof of concept truck
Toyota's Project Portal Class 8 truck is being tested as a proof of concept for hydrogen-fueled trucking at the Port of Long Beach.
Toyota will use the hydrogen generated to not only fuel the Project Portal big truck  but also incom...
Toyota will use the hydrogen generated to not only fuel the Project Portal big truck, but also incoming Mirai fuel cell cars arriving at the port for delivery.
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“It has the power to haul 80,000 tons of freight, all while emitting nothing more than water vapor,” Murtha said, adding that the truck has so far logged more than 4,000 “successful development” miles. The truck just recently began moving goods — auto parts and supplies for Toyota — throughout Southern California.
Murtha also pointed out another plus on the side of hydrogen fuel cell technology - acceleration. Carrying 35,000 pounds of gross weight, the Project Portal Class 8 truck takes 8.9 seconds to travel one-eighth mile. A diesel truck takes 14.6 seconds to reach the same distance.
Until the new Tri-Gen facility is built, a large on-site hydrogen tank fulfills the fueling needs. The tank is being refilled with hydrogen produced elsewhere and shipped in by Air Liquide.
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