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Toyota Tri-Gen: Water, Electricity and Hydrogen from Bio-Waste


Toyota plans to go all out for its 100% sustainable new project to build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant, with a hydrogen fueling station.

Dubbed The Tri-Gen, the facility is expected to begin services in 2020 and provide water, electricity, and hydrogen for Toyota from bio-waste, for their operations at the port of Long Beach, California.  With this effort, the Japanese brand is standing strong behind fuel cell and hydrogen technology to be the dominant option for EVs driving force.

For the Vice President of Strategic Planning, Doug Murtha “Toyota has been leading the development of fuel cell technology -for the last 20 years- because we understand the tremendous potential to reduce emissions and improve society. Tri-Gen is a major step forward for sustainable mobility and a key accomplishment of our 2050 Environmental Challenge to achieve net zero CO2 emissions from our operations,”.

Performance and Environmental Sustainability

The yeast behind this accomplishment will mean generating enough electricity to power 2.350 family homes, and 1.500 vehicles, from Tri-Gens generation of  2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day of 100% renewable energy.  The facility will be part of Toyota’s Project Portal which involves power distribution to the Mirai sedan and Heavy Duty hydrogen fuel cell class 8 truck.

Environmentally, Toyota bases the development of clean high-performance automobile technologies on the fact that the global expansion of industry in the 20th century will result in the production of an increasing number of vehicles, which will demand sources of fuel to run, say from the combustion of a fossil fuel and their corresponding CO2 emissions, or from a sustainable process such as hydrogen fuel cell.

Using gas to run our cars is currently posing a threat to the environment from the atmospheric emissions of greenhouse gases such as CO2, and to the car industry from depletion of the nonrenewable deposits of oil, which have been gauged to peak during the present decade.


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