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European Union sees the power in Hydrogen Valleys

Europe as a frontrunner in rolling out hydrogen ecosystems
Hydrogen Valleys are geographical areas where clean hydrogen is produced and locally used. To develop such hydrogen ecosystems and create viable business opportunities, it is important to bring producers and users together. At Toyota, we are proud to be taking a key role in this journey.

More Hydrogen Valleys are needed in Europe

Last week, we participated in the event "Repowering the EU with Hydrogen Valleys." European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel discussed with investors and partners for the development of several Hydrogen Valleys in Europe. They showcase the hydrogen ecosystem by bringing together all the elements of hydrogen production, storage, transportation, and end-use in a single place.

Another important purpose of the event was therefore to sign a declaration entitled “Moving the hydrogen economy from niche to scale”. It will eventually double the number of Hydrogen Valleys in Europe.

Why are hydrogen valleys important?

Hydrogen will be needed for industry, for local transport, and for households. In Hydrogen Valleys, the production and supply of green hydrogen will scale up to meet the growing demand in industry and transport. As hydrogen energy is a key pillar of Europe’s energy strategy, TME is further expanding different types of fuel cell applications with industry partners to support the growth of hydrogen ecosystems. TME’s partnership strategy aims to develop synergies between the different business sectors and support communities that want to further expand into fully fledged hydrogen corridors.

Toyota’s reliable and durable fuel cells

We believe in a multi-pathway powertrain approach and see hydrogen as a key contributor to our wider decarbonisation targets. The Mirai first appeared in 2014; its 2nd generation was recently launched, proving our fuel cell technology and expertise that we have cultivated over the past 30 years. We explained to Mariya Gabriel that in the Mirai’s fuel cell stack, oxygen and hydrogen combine together and generate electricity to power the car, which produces no emissions except water. We don’t intend Mirai to be our only FCEV; in the UK, we are working on a prototype hydrogen fuel cell Hilux.

Prototype hydrogen fuel cell Hilux

Numerous possibilities with our fuel cell modules

We could also explain to Mariya Gabriel that our fuel cell technology is available in compact and versatile modules. This means they can easily be integrated into a wide variety of applications and mobility solutions. Our partners are already today providing a range of hydrogen mobility solutions using Toyota fuel cell technology. Our fuel cell modules are not only used in zero-emission hydrogen boats, trucks, buses and trains, but also in stationary generators. A European – and by extension global – hydrogen economy is continuing to grow!
Toyota Fuel Cell Application