Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) is set to build a carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach in the US.
TMNA’s Tri-Gen facility will generate water, electricity, and hydrogen from the bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste.
Scheduled to begin operations from 2020, the power plant will be capable of producing approximately 2.35MW of electricity and 1.2t of hydrogen per day, which is equivalent to power nearly 2,350 average-sized homes.
Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) Group Strategic Planning vice-president Doug Murtha 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 carbon dioxide emissions from our operations.”
FuelCell Energy developed Tri-Gen with support from the US Department of Energy, California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Orange County Sanitation District, and the University of California at Irvine.
The power generated at the new facility is claimed to be 100% renewable and will be supplied to Toyota Logistics Services’ (TLS) operations at the Port.
The company’s facilities exceed California’s strict air quality standards.