Toyota Motor Corporation has introduced an on-site hydrogen generation, compression, storage and dispensing appliance that uses water and electricity to produce high purity fuel cell-grade hydrogen.
Developed by a consortium of technology innovators comprising PDC Machines, Ivys Energy Solutions and McPhy North America, SimpleFuel™ has been installed at Toyota’s Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture – the consortium’s second commercial installation of SimpleFuel in Japan.
The simplified hydrogen station will use electricity from solar panels at the plant to produce low-carbon hydrogen from the electrolysis of water, which will then be supplied to fuel cell forklifts after it is compressed and pressurised.
It can produce up to 99Nm3/day (approximately 8.8kg/day) of hydrogen, enough to fuel seven or eight fuel cell forklifts. Its compact size means it can be installed in small spaces, making it suitable for refuelling fuel cell forklifts within the plant.
A hydrogen station has been running at Motomachi Plant since March 2018, in conjunction with the increasing numbers of fuel cell forklifts in use there. By working to support fuelling through the use of SimpleFuel, with an eye toward the rising demand for hydrogen, Toyota aims to reduce CO2 emissions at the Motomachi Plant and intends to support the accumulation of new technologies and knowledge.
Ivys Energy Solutions will soon be opening an automotive SimpleFuel station in Somerville, Massachusetts in collaboration with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, Hyundai America Technical Center, the City of Somerville and Greentown Labs.
This installation will showcase the SimpleFuel hydrogen refuelling appliance as the perfect urban all in one refuelling solution for tight spaces, easy permitting and convenient fleet vehicle refuelling operation.
The SimpleFuel hydrogen appliance was developed in response to the US Department of Energy’s H2 Refuel H-Prize competition, challenging American innovators to create solution that could provide a path for greater adoption of FCEVs by drastically improving the performance and affordability of small-scale hydrogen fuelling infrastructure.