Toyota Industries Charges Fuel-cell Forklifts With Solar Hydrogen

2019/05/17 15:49
Sousuke Kudou, technical writer
An FC forklift being charged with hydrogen (source: Toyota Industries)
The H2Plaza (source: Toyota Industries)

Toyota Industries Corp installed the "H2Plaza," which charges fuel-cell (FC) forklifts with hydrogen produced by using solar electricity, at its Takahama Plant in Takahama City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, and had an opening ceremony March 22, 2019.

The H2Plaza has functions to produce, compress, store and supply hydrogen. It supplies CO2-free hydrogen to 13 FC forklifts operating in the plant.

Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp provided hydrogen-related facilities with a hydrogen production capacity of 10Nm3/h. And Mitsubishi Electric Corp supplied solar panels with a total output of 190kW.

They were introduced by using the "Subsidy for Projects to Reduce CO2 Emissions, Etc" of the Ministry of the Environment.