Toyota has started trialling a new hybrid power generation system at one of its factories in Japan.
The technology, which has been installed at the car manufacturer’s Motomachi Plant in the Aichi Prefecture, combines the use of solid oxide fuel cells and micro gas turbines.
The hybrid system uses hydrogen and carbon monoxide extracted from natural gas as a feedstock to produce around 250kW of output.
It is currently being used as an internal power generation facility to test and evaluate its energy efficiency, performance and durability, whilst simultaneously providing the site with clean power.
The set-up also features a combined heat and power (CHP) installation to harvest and use the waste heat produced in generating electricity to keep the facility warm.
Toyota claims it can achieve high energy efficiencies of up to 55%, which increase to 65% when using the CHP system.
Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Total and Shell are among the major carmakers and energy giants that are joining forces to invest €10.7 (£9.2m) in hydrogen technologies in the next five years.