Toyota of North America announced at the Los Angeles auto show on November 30 that is it constructing the world’s first megawatt scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station in southern California. Called the Tri-Gen facility, it will use California sourced agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen.
In a press release, Toyota says, Tri-Gen will generate approximately 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day — enough to power 2,350 homes and meet the daily driving needs of nearly 1,500 vehicles. “The power generation facility will be 100% renewable, supplying Toyota Logistics Services operations at the Port and making them the first Toyota facility in North America to use 100% renewable power.”
“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,” said Doug Murtha, Toyota’s group vice president for strategic planning. “Tri-Gen is a major step forward for sustainable mobility and a key accomplishment of our 2050 Environmental Challenge to achieve net zero CO2 emissions from our operations.”
The Tri-Gen facility was developed by FuelCell Energy with support from the US Department of Energy, the California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Orange County Sanitation District, and the University of California at Irvine, which helped develop the core technology.
It will supply all Toyota fuel cell vehicles moving through the Port, including the Mirai sedan and Toyota’s heavy duty hydrogen fuel cell class 8 truck, known as Project Portal. Toyota has also built one of the largest hydrogen fueling stations in the world on-site to support refueling operations.
Toyota remains committed to hydrogen fuel cell technology as an alternative to battery electric cars. There are now 31 public hydrogen refueling stations now operating in California. Toyota has partnered with Shell to build more stations — a first between a major auto manufacturer and a major oil company.