Toyota develops hydrogen fuel-cell module for commercial use
Toyota has revealed a compact fuel cell system module that the company claims can be easily adapted to a wide array of products including trucks, buses, trains, and ships.
Toyota has extensive experience with hydrogen fuel cell development through their Mirai Fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) and Sora FCEV bus.
The company has also been selling hydrogen fuel-cell (FC) systems to FC product companies, as well as allowing royalty-free use of its FCEV-related patent license.
From these experiences, Toyota has become aware of how many companies across a wide range of industries are looking for FC systems that can be adapted for use in their respective fields.
As a result, Toyota has developed a new product that brings the FC stack and components for air supply, hydrogen supply, cooling and power control, together in a single, compact module.
Toyota was able to eliminate the humidifier element by circulating the water generated during power generation through the FC stack.
The new hydrogen fuel-cell system is a compact module available in four models, Vertical (Type I) and horizontal (Type II) with outputs of 60 or 80 kw. The modules can be combined according to the application, with flexibility that allows for adaption according to output level and available installation space.
A built-in dedicated boost converter simplifies the development and manufacture of FC products by connecting the module directly to an existing electric device equipped with a motor, battery, and inverter. In turn, this allows for easier installation by integrating and reducing the number of points that the module must be connected to.
As such, Toyota’s new FC system module can be used across a variety of products, including trucks, buses, trains, ships, and stationary generators.
Toyota identified hydrogen fuel cells as an important tool in achieving carbon neutrality.
Source: The Driven | Toyota says hydrogen fuel cell module can power trucks, buses, trains – and ships
3 March 2021