Toyota builds a hydrogen fuel cell unit in America

Toyota is among the legendary car firms to engage in advanced automobile engineering technologies. The company showcased a string of hydrogen cell powered vehicles at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. It is interesting to learn of Toyota’s aim to unveil fuel cell vehicles, and will launch fuel cell cars sometime in 2015.

Toyota Fuel Cell sedan

The company is doing all it can to invest majorly in hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, and has set up the technology at its headquartered unit in Los Angeles. The unit has a 1.1 megawatt stationary fuel cell to generate power at cost-effective rates. The fuel cell equipment delivers power to about six buildings on sit during summer.

The technology used to generate electricity is called (PEM) Proton Exchange Membrane, and the same technique will be used to engineer the forthcoming production model. Mark Yamamuchi who is in charge of the units sustainable strategy program stated, ‘’most fuel cell units have to run continuously to generate power. This is a breakthrough project to obtain the best possible results from PEM technology.

The launch of a hydrogen fuel station at Toyota’s headquartered unit in Los Angeles is the company first project in hydrogen fuel cell segment. The method of systems working, the fuel cell power is a stationary mode of electricity generation, and supplies sufficient power for about 765 American homes.

Fuel cell technology is gaining significant importance; Hyundai too has explored this technology. The significance of this technique is it lowers consumer dependence on foreign oil and reduced emissions, thereby contributing to tap climate change. Fuel cell vehicles operate on hydrogen cars than gasoline vehicles, and the beneficial factor here is hydrogen emits no harmful emissions. Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are at the moment a progression into the future, but challenges still surface, but the benefits are large.

Fuel cell vehicles look just like conventional vehicles, since it is a technologically advanced product, the variation lies on the inside. The different here is the fitment of fuel cell stack that converts stored hydrogen gas along with oxygen to form electricity, which drives the engine.

As mentioned earlier hydrogen fuel cell operates on Polymer Electrolyte Membrane technology, and aid in the conversion of preserved hydrogen and oxygen to generate electricity. The unit is called fuel cell stacks and produces less than 1.16 volts of electricity, which is more than sufficient to run a vehicle. The fuel tank has multiple cells and the amount of electricity generated is dependent on size of individual fuel cells that make up a fuel cell tank.

Toyota has earlier invested in eco-friendly hybrid technologies injected into its lavish Prius and Camry hybrids. The company has now built a full-fledged hydrogen fuel cell unit. Automobile companies all over the globe are working on environmentally friendly technologies. The initiation of Toyota to introduce a fuel cell tank into its main unit in Los Angeles is a measure of its aim to push this technology to the brim.

The company is keen to bring hydrogen technology to full swing in 2015, and few years from now there be many hydrogen fuel vehicles.

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Pavan Kumar – who has written posts on Toyota Cars India | New Toyota Car | Latest Toyota cars.
I am into the auto blogs field for quite a long time. Living my passion of reviewing cars.

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