THE first Toyota hydrogen fuel cell cars reach the market next year — but already the company is exploiting the technology to cut costs and carbon emissions at one of its largest office complexes.
A 1.11 megawatt stationary fuel cell has been installed at the Toyota Motor Sales headquarters near Los Angeles to generate electricity and reduce utility bills.
It supplies about half the power needed by the six buildings on site during the summer when demand is at its peak.
The cell uses the same basic technology — a Proton Exchange Membrane — as the system installed in Toyota’s forthcoming production car.
PEM fuel cells are well-suited to use in vehicles as they can be turned on and off quickly.