Toyota Motor Corporation has developed a packaged fuel cell (FC) system into a compact module and plans to start selling it in the spring of 2021 or after that.
The new module can be easily utilised by companies that are making FC products for wide variety of applications, including mobility like buses, trains, trucks and ships, as well as stationary generators.
With various policies for utilising hydrogen being adopted in recent years across the world, many companies have been entering the market one after another.
Hence, the need for hydrogen and FC technologies has been increasing in a variety of applications.
Apart from its effort to popularize FCEVs, Toyota said it will continue to strengthen its initiatives as an FC system supplier to promote hydrogen utilisation through the popularization of FC products together with various FC product companies with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions to curtail global warming and to contribute to the achievement of carbon neutrality.
Toyota has been taking multiple steps toward the creation of a hydrogen society, like selling the “Mirai” FCEV and the “SORA” FCEV bus, selling FC systems to FC product companies, as well as allowing royalty-free use of its FCEV-related patent licenses.
FC products & systems
Thanks to these experiences, the company has learned that many companies involved in FC products in a variety of industries are looking for FC systems that can be easily adapted to their own products.
Hence, in a bid to address these needs, Toyota has developed a product that packages individual FC system-related products of second generation Toyota Mirai with enhanced performance, like the FC stack, as well as components that handle hydrogen supply, cooling, air supply and power control, into a single compact module.
The new module is available in 4 models― a vertical type (Type I) and a horizontal type (Type II), with rated output of either 60 kW or 80 kW.
(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)
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