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Toyota to make wind power hydrogen for fuel cells

Partnership with cities and government to make a clean supply of the compressed fuel.


YOKOHAMA, Japan — Toyota Motor Corp. is responding to the main criticism of fuel cell cars, that making the hydrogen for the fuel is not clean, with plans to help make the hydrogen using wind power.

Fuel cells are zero-emission, running on the power created when hydrogen combines with oxygen in the air to make water. But to have a totally clean supply chain, the hydrogen must also be cleanly made. Right now, most hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels.

In a project announced March 14, hydrogen from the wind-power plant Hama Wing in Yokohama, southwest of Tokyo, will be compressed and transported by truck to power fuel-cell forklifts at four sites in the area – a factory, a vegetable-and-fruit market and two warehouses.

The project is a partnership between Toyota and the cities of Yokohama and nearby Kawasaki, and the prefectural Kanagawa government.

Japanese electronics and energy company Toshiba Corp. and energy supplier Iwatani Corp. also are involved.

Why not just use the electricity produced by wind power for electric vehicles? Why bother making hydrogen?

Defending the project, Toyota Senior Managing Officer Shigeki Tomoyama stressed that it is easier to store hydrogen than electricity.

Clean hydrogen is the best fix for global warming and energy security, he said.

“A stable supply of CO2-free hydrogen is needed,” he told reporters at a Yokohama hotel.

Toyota, which makes the Prius gas-electric hybrid, says electric vehicles are limited because of their cruise range.

Wind-powered hydrogen is expected to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by at least 80 per cent compared with using gas or grid electricity, according to the companies.
The hydrogen trucks, which were newly developed, serve as hydrogen fuelling stations for the forklifts.

Japan hopes to become a leader in hydrogen power and plans to showcase its prowess during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Costs and ensuring an adequate hydrogen supply are obvious challenges.

Toyota’s Japanese rival Honda Motor Co. rolled out the latest model of its Clarity fuel cell vehicle last week. Toyota’s fuel cell vehicle is called the Mirai.

Such vehicles are still too expensive for regular consumers and are mostly leased to ministries and companies.

2 Comments » for Toyota to make wind power hydrogen for fuel cells
  1. Randy says:

    I have to agree with Japan, hydrogen is the cleaner of energy. Problem is governments are too concerned in creating a revenue stream from which to gouge society. Short sighted people like Trudeau and Wynn are driven by the thought of billions passing the hands of crooked Liberal politicians then to open minds at real alternatives. Liberals want society to be dependent on government thus we are left with a shallow pool of science that produces huge monster projects that are neither carbon neutral or efficient. The narrow minds of Canadian science is forced to placate to inefficient science as apposed to truly developing an alternative to carbon based energy system. You cannot for example collect the energy from solar or wind and sell it to another country. Therefore 100 of billions in energy supplied today from oil will disappear with nothing to replace those funds. Based on Trudeau’s plan 100s of thousands more of Canadians will become unemployed under his plan. Trudeau’s plan to turn Canada into a service industry is by far a joke on Canadians as his vision is one that emulates the free society of Cuba where Canadians will be subjected blatant corruption, government slavery, and government sanctioned poverty. Socialism brought to Canada by a drop out drama teacher.

  2. LanceH says:

    Dumb!! You’d have to have so many Wind Turbines to fuel the worlds vehicles, plus the one’s used for the Grid, you just couldn’t fit them all, not to mention the health problems they cause. Very silly! Even as a PR scheme it’s quite silly!

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