Toyota Industries Corporation and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation have agreed that Toyota will adopt a Toshiba ESS’s facility to produce and supply hydrogen (H2) made from renewable energy for fuel-cell forklifts used at the Takahama plant of Toyota Industries in Aichi Prefecture.

The system will control the amounts of production and compression of H2 using Toshiba ESS’s groundbreaking H2 energy management system, which includes a H2 demand prediction function that forecasts supply requirements for each fuel-cell forklift, allowing efficient use of energy.

Fuel-cell forklifts, curbing carbon dioxide (CO2) and realising totally CO2-free operation from H2 production through to application is expected to be utilised in various fields and applications.

Since November 2016, Toyota Industries has already supplied almost 80 trucks to factories and airports where it is difficult to have enough time to charge for long run times, because fuel-cell forklifts can be filled-up in as quickly as three minutes. Six trucks of them are operating at its Takahama Plant and Toyota Industries is planning to increase them to 12 trucks during FY 2018.

In July 2017, Toshiba ESS opened its Hydrogen Application Centre, which showcases the business facility model of H2One™, producing renewable energy based H2 to supply fuel-cell forklifts. Toshiba ESS’s H2-related projects and the usability of the facility, that H2 production amount and storage amount can be confirmed in real time through monitor screen, have led to this order.

Going forward, Toshiba ESS and Toyota Industries will continue to support expanding H2 use for a low carbon society.

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Source: Toshiba