Toyota and NREL will develop MW-scale fuel cell systems


Toyota Motor North America announced partnering with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). They will construct, install, and test a 1 MW proton exchange membrane fuel cell power generation system.

Fuel cell

Firstly, the program is a 3-year to be developed at the NREL Flatirons campus in Arvada, Colorado. It is a $6.5 million project funded by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office.

Secondly, the 1 MW system integrates multiple Toyota fuel cell modules to create a dispatchable stationary power system.

Thirdly, Toyota will provide the fuel cell modules. It is partnering with systems integrator Telios for the design, balance-of-plant, and build of the system for delivery to NREL.

Achieving carbon neutrality requires all of us to explore new applications of zero-emission technology, including how that technology will integrate with other systems, which the project with NREL will identify.

Christopher Yang, group vice president, business development, fuel cell solutions, Toyota.

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Power system

In addition, NREL will stress-test and push the operational boundaries of the system to identify performance limitations and degradation. The research project will include assessing system performance; when integrated with energy storage and renewable energy generation systems; like solar and wind.

We will study the scaling of PEM fuel cell systems for stationary power generation to understand what the performance, durability, and system integration challenges are. Moreover, this fuel cell generator system also creates a new megawatt-scale fuel cell research capability at NREL.

Daniel Leighton, an NREL research engineer and principal investigator on the project.

Finally, the fuel cell generator is part of NREL’s Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) at the Flatirons Campus. Additionaly, the system includes a 1.25 MW PEM electrolyzer. It has a 600-kg hydrogen storage system, and a 1 MW fuel cell generator.

About Toyota

Toyota is a part of thel fabric in the U.S. for more than 60 years. It is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through its Toyota and Lexus brands.

It employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. Those have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly 32 million cars and trucks at nine plants.

By 2025, Toyota’s 10th plant in North Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for electrified vehicles.  With the more electrified vehicles on the road than any other automaker, a quarter of the company’s 2021 U.S. sales were electrified.

Get more information about Toyota Motor North America, here.

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