Toyota and Japanese retail giant in fuel cell trial

Automotive giant Toyota and Seven-Eleven Japan have teamed up to carry out fuel cell pilot projects. The trials will focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the convenience store chain’s […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Automotive giant Toyota and Seven-Eleven Japan have teamed up to carry out fuel cell pilot projects.

The trials will focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the convenience store chain’s operations and distribution network.

One of the projects include exploring how fuel cell technologies could be deployed in Seven-Eleven Japan’s trucks to power both the trucks and refrigeration and freezer units using hydrogen.

An energy management system, combining already-installed solar generators, will also be introduced to enable greater energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction.

A stationary rechargeable battery system will be installed in stores, which could be used to provide backup power.

Toyota said in a statement: “The two companies aim to contribute to the realisation of a low carbon and hydrogen-based society in the future, by way of introducing vehicles and power generators to be newly developed by Toyota that use hydrogen.”