Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell helps energy a Melbourne stadium

Toyota claims to have “demonstrated the potential utility of hydrogen know-how” by utilizing a stationary fuel-cell energy era unit at an AFL recreation.

The hydrogen fuel-cell system powered the brash Marvel Stadium signal and Western Bulldogs coaches’ field, throughout final weekend’s AFL match between the ‘Canines and Melbourne Demons.

Dubbed the EODev GEH2, or EODev for brief, this stationary hydrogen fuel-cell unit makes use of the identical gasoline cell because the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell electrical car (FCEV).

Toyota says the EODev is able to producing roughly 80kW of energy, however solely 10 to fifteen per cent of this capability was required this time.

Operating within the lead-up and through the recreation, the EODev offered 105kWh of electrical energy over seven hours and used a complete of 6kg of hydrogen.

Toyota claims by utilizing the EODev unit as an alternative of energy off the grid, it saved roughly 100kg of CO2 emissions.

Toyota Australia supervisor of power options Matt Macleod mentioned this demonstration of the EODev unit was speculated to showcase the broader purposes of hydrogen fuel-cell know-how past the transport sector.

“Toyota sees hydrogen gasoline cells as a key supply of fresh, renewable electrical power going ahead, as evidenced by automobiles just like the Mirai FCEV,” mentioned Mr Macleod.

“Partnering with the AFL to assist energy the Spherical 19 video games at Marvel Stadium reveals the unbelievable scope this know-how has, all whereas producing no CO2 emissions.”

Along with having the GODev unit powering the Marvel Stadium signal and Western Bulldogs coaches’ field, Toyota had an activation show that had a cross-section of a previous-generation Mirai and its FCEV powertrain on present.

The Mirai can maintain as much as 5.6kg of pressurised hydrogen in its three tanks and be stuffed up in 5 minutes, in accordance with Toyota. When oxygen meets saved hydrogen, the chemical response creates electrical energy to (on this case) drive the wheels, with water the primary tailpipe emission.

It could cowl a claimed 650km per fill, however a group within the US ‘hypermiling’ not too long ago set a new world document distance of 1360km on a single tank of hydrogen.

Energy is dealt with by a single rear-mounted electrical motor producing roughly 134kW of energy and 300Nm of torque. The claimed 0-100km/h dash time is 9.2 seconds and the highest velocity is 175km/h.

The Mirai additionally has a 1.2kWh lithium-ion battery for storing power produced by the gasoline cell and regenerative braking.

It’s value noting the Toyota Mirai is simply obtainable for fleets and never for shopper buying in any respect.

In addition to Toyota, different producers akin to BMW, Hyundai and Land Rover are seen as backers of hydrogen fuel-cell know-how.

In distinction, Mercedes-Benz has moved away from hydrogen in all however its heavy industrial automobiles, and the respective heads of Volkswagen and Tesla, have beforehand labelled FCEVs a distraction.

Hydrogen continues to be a burgeoning gasoline supply in Australia, and at this stage is known to be most viable in large-scale, industrial makes use of.

There are presently two publicly-available hydrogen refuelling stations in Australia. One is operated by Toyota in Altona, Victoria, and the opposite is operated by ActewAGL in Canberra. Each serve authorities or council fleets of passenger automobiles.

Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland not too long ago introduced they’re collaborating on a renewable hydrogen refuelling superhighway to attach the nation’s japanese seaboard.

As much as six stations are being developed in Queensland, every of which is led by a distinct firm. Certainly one of these stations goes to be at a BP truck cease on the Port of Brisbane.

The Albanese Federal Authorities additionally has a Hydrogen Highways plan, to ship hydrogen refuelling stations alongside Australia’s busiest freight routes to assist fuel-cell vehicles.

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