Toyota to build ‘first’ MW-scale hydrogen fuel plant

Toyota plans to build what it claims will be the world’s first MW-scale clean energy and hydrogen generation facility in California. The vehicle manufacturer will use the Tri-Gen site to […]

By Jonny Bairstow

Toyota plans to build what it claims will be the world’s first MW-scale clean energy and hydrogen generation facility in California.

The vehicle manufacturer will use the Tri-Gen site to convert bio-waste into water, electricity and hydrogen to power its operations at the Port of Long Beach.

When it comes online in 2020, it is expected to generate around 2.35MW of electricity and 1.2 tonnes of hydrogen per day, enough to power the equivalent of about 2,350 average-sized homes and meet the daily driving needs of nearly 1,500 vehicles.

It will supply Toyota’s fuel cell vehicles operating in the port, including new deliveries of the Mirai sedan and its heavy duty hydrogen truck.

Doug Murtha, Group Vice President of Strategic Planning, said: “For more than 20 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.”