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Toyota’s fuel cell modules are powering many diverse zero-emission applications
Toyota fuel cell solutions are appropriate for high-load and long-range applications like buses, trucks, boats and trains. They have also been successfully demonstrated for stationary generators.

Accelerating the adoption of fuel cell technology

The Toyota fuel cell system has the flexibility to be used across a diverse range of hydrogen applications. Our compact fuel cell modules are already being used in a variety of large vehicle applications. Examples include the Toyota Sora bus in Japan, and Caetano buses in Portugal. We are also demonstrating how our technology can be adopted in trucks, and it’s being tested in trains, boats and forklifts. Beyond transportation, our modules are being integrated in generators to provide power for factories, large events or emergencies. We focus on applications where hydrogen fuel cells have a clear advantage. 

Zero-emission marine applications

We pioneered fuel cells for marine applications by supporting the Energy Observer, the first hydrogen vessel to sail around the world. This marked our expansion into a new business area where we are working with specialized marine industry partners. Together with EODev we developed a hydrogen solution specifically for maritime applications. The EODev hydrogen Range Extender (REXH2®) delivers zero CO2 and zero fine particle emissions, and gives noise-free maritime mobility. It has also been installed in Hynova Yachts which are undergoing sea tests. 

Fuel cell buses

Since 2019, TME has integrated our fuel cell technology into the hydrogen city bus H2.City Gold, manufactured by CaetanoBus of Portugal. More recently, following a strategic alliance with CaetanoBus in December 2020, we announced the co-branding of both the H2.City Gold and the battery electric city bus, the e.City Gold. The hydrogen bus has a range of 400 km and can be refuelled in under nine minutes. This vehicle showcases both companies’ complementary technologies and engineering capabilities. Vehicle badging incorporates both Caetano and Toyota logos.  

Carbon neutral railway solutions

Within the EU project FCH2RAIL, a Horizon 2020 consortium that includes TME, the partners are developing and testing a new zero-emission train prototype. At the heart of the project is a hybrid, bi-modal drive system. It combines the electrical power supply from the overhead line with a fuel cell hybrid power pack (consisting of batteries and Toyota hydrogen fuel cell modules) that works independently of the overhead line. It was decided to use the flat configuration of our fuel cell modules to allow them to be efficiently integrated in the demonstration train’s roof.  

Stationary generators with no emissions

Together with EODev, in which we became a direct shareholder in 2021, we have developed a hydrogen stationary generator, the GEH2®. It incorporates our fuel cell module which delivers high-density continuous power and no emissions. During one event, the generator powered the Energy Observer village at the base of the Eiffel Tower, while in the evening it illuminated the Eiffel Tower. This was a showcase of the possibility to power events off-grid, with clean energy. Beyond its symbolic significance, this initiative shows that hydrogen zero-emission solutions are already fully operational today.

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