Toyota Develops Portable Hydrogen Cartridge Prototype  - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Storage, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  June 3, 2022

Toyota Develops Portable Hydrogen Cartridge Prototype 

Toyota Motor and its subsidiary, Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. developed a working prototype of its portable hydrogen cartridge to power various applications in and outside of the home. 

The companies will conduct Proof of Concept (“PoC”) trials in various places, including Woven City, a human-centered smart city of the future currently being constructed in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture.

The two companies are studying a number of viable pathways to carbon neutrality. Hydrogen has significant advantages since zero carbon dioxide is emitted when hydrogen is used. Furthermore, when hydrogen is produced using renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. CO2 emissions are minimized during the production process as well. Hydrogen can be used to generate electricity in fuel cell systems and can also be used as a combustion fuel.

Together with ENEOS Corporation, Toyota and Woven Planet are working to build a comprehensive hydrogen-based supply chain aimed at expediting and simplifying production, transport, and daily usage. 

These hydrogen cartridges are portable, affordable, and convenient energy sources that make it possible to bring hydrogen to where people live, work, and play without the use of pipes. The prototype dimensions are 400mm (16") in length x 180mm (7") in diameter and the target weight is 5 kg (11lbs). They are swappable for easy replacement and quick recharging. The small-scale infrastructure can meet energy needs in remote and non-electrified areas and be swiftly dispatched in the case of a disaster.

The Japanese government is working on a range of studies to promote the safe early adoption of hydrogen and Toyota and its business partners will offer cooperation and support.

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