Toyota opens hydrogen production and storage facility in Victoria
Toyota has opened Victoria’s first commercial hydrogen production, storage, and refuelling facility at the site of its former manufacturing plant in Altona.
A 200kw electrolyser – which draws power from an 87kW solar array, 100kw battery storage and/or the main grid – produces the hydrogen on-site, using electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen components. According to Toyota, the facility can produce up to 80kg of hydrogen per day.
The hydrogen is then collected in a storage bank at medium and high pressure, allowing it to refuel both the fuel-cell forklifts to be used in other parts of the Altona complex, as well as hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles such as the new Mirai.
Toyota Australia President and Chief Executive Matthew Callachor said the Toyota Hydrogen Centre was built to showcase the benefits of hydrogen fuel cell technology as part of its commitment to developing sustainable technologies for future mobility.
“Globally, Toyota is committed to achieving zero CO2 emissions from its vehicles and plants under the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 and the commissioning of our hydrogen refuelling facility here is an important step towards achieving that goal,” Mr Callachor said.
“By demonstrating the viability of renewably produced hydrogen as an automotive and energy fuel through this project, Toyota and its partners in government and business are pioneering a cleaner, more sustainable future that will encourage further acceptance of this technology.”
“The infrastructure which is being commissioned at this new Toyota facility will not only progress the deployment of hydrogen vehicles, which can make a major contribution to helping our transport sector navigate Australia’s energy transition, but it will also serve as a beacon to other companies looking to invest in hydrogen transport technology,” said Dr Patrick Hartley, CSIRO Hydrogen Industry Mission at the facilities opening.
30 March 2021