Toyota Industries Newly Develops 50kW-class Fuel Cell Module
Toyota Industries Corporation (President: Koichi Ito; "Toyota Industries") has developed a fuel cell module (FC module) with an output of 50kW, which is a packaged fuel cell (FC) system. The newly developed 50kW-class FC module can be installed in lift trucks, agricultural machinery, construction equipment, among others. Toyota Indstries will continue to expand its lineup of FC modules and help promote of hydrogen utilization in a wide variety of applications.
The research and development of the 50kW-class FC module is being conducted under the "Collaborative Industry-Academia-Government R&D Project for Solving Common Challenges Toward Dramatically Expanded Use of Fuel Cells and Related Equipment," a project subsidized by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
Toyota Industries has been enhancing its FC technology by launching Japan's first* FC lift truck in 2016 to promote the use of hydrogen, which is attracting attention as a next-generation energy source for the realization of a decarbonized society. In 2021, with the aim of further promoting hydrogen utilization, Toyota Industries announced the development of an 8kW-class FC module that packages components related to power generation for FC systems for lift trucks. The compact size was achieved through an optimal design that leverages Toyota Industries' strengths in in-house production of key components such as air compressors and hydrogen circulation pumps, and Toyota Industries is currently conducting demonstration experiments for application to power generators and other components.
The newly developed 50kW class is based on the 8kW class, but the output has been increased by increasing the fuel cells. With the development of hydrogen stations and distribution networks, there is a growing need for higher output devices to be powered by FC. The 50kW class is envisioned for use in devices such as lift trucks, agricultural machinery, construction machinery, and emergency power sources for factories.
Toyota Industries will continue its efforts to realize a hydrogen society by leveraging the technologies accumulated through development of its own FC-related products.
* Toyota Industries research
<50kW-class FC Module Specifications>
|8kW-class FC Module||50kW-class FC Module|
|Body||Dimensions (mm)*||542L × 610W × 440H||925L × 630W × 837H|
|Performance||Rated output (kW)||8||50|
|Rated voltage (V)||DC48||DC300-DC400|
|Operating environment||Operating temperature range (°C)||-20-40||-20-40|
|Short-term storage temperature range (°C)||-30-80||-30-50|
<Targets of 50kW-class FC Modules>
|8kW-class FC Module||24kW-class FC Module||50kW-class FC Module|
|Progress Status||Being demonstrated||Under development||New development|
|Principal Uses||- Lift trucks
|- Lift trucks
- Towing tractors
|- Lift trucks
- Agricultural machinery
- Construction machinery