Garbage Goes In, Hybrid Toyota Comes Out


You could argue that the Georgetown, Kentucky plant that manufactures the Toyota Camry and Toyota Avalon hybrid models already does a lot to reduce carbon emissions by putting clean-running PZEVs on the road, but the hybrid tech that rolls out of the factory is only part of its clean tech story. The rest? Well, it’s kind of a garbage story.

I mean that literally, too, because this is a story about how Toyota installed a methane gas generator at a local landfill that’s pushing enough energy into the hybrid plant to build up to ten-thousand new Toyota hybrids each year. 10,000!

Those ten thousand new Toyotas are just the tip of the iceberg landfill, too, because the methane generator produces “just” 1MWh of energy as it is. Toyota has plans, however, to bump up the generator’s output to some ten times that. Even without the power boost, though, the move is expected to allow Toyota to reduce their output of harmful carbon emissions by nearly 90% compared to similar, conventionally-powered plants.

You can check out the infographic, below, and let us know how you feel about the potential of landfill/methane generators for other power and industrial applications like Toyota’s in the comments.


Toyota Powers KY Plant With Landfill Waste

Toyota Kentucky Plant

Source | Images: Toyota, via Motorpasion.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.