Toyota Motor North America is building what it claims will be the world's first fuel cell power generation play and a hydrogen fueling station at the Port of Long Beach to support its operations, the company has announced.
The megawatt-scale carbonate Tri-Gen plant will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity, and hydrogen.
When in operation, Tri-Gen will generate about 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day, which could power the equivalent of 2,350 average-sized homes and 1,500 vehicles. The facility will supply its renewable power Toyota Logistics Services operations at the port.
Tri-Gen will supply Toyota fuel cell vehicles moving through the port, including new deliveries of the Mirai sedan and Toyota's Heavy Duty hydrogen fuel cell class 8 truck, known as Project Portal.
The plant has been developed by FuelCell Energy with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, California agencies including the California Air Resources Board, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Orange County Sanitation District, and the University of California at Irvine, whose research helped develop the core technology, according to Toyota.