04. März 2021, 17:00 Uhr | Stefanie Eckardt
Toyota combines fuel cell stack from the Mirai and other components in a compact module.
Starting this spring, Toyota plans to begin selling fuel cell modules to companies that develop and manufacture fuel cell products for various applications. These include mobile applications such as trucks, buses, trains or ships as well as stationary generators.
On the one hand, Toyota wants to promote the spread of fuel cell vehicles, and on the other hand, as a system supplier of fuel cells, it wants to promote hydrogen as an energy carrier. To push the technology, the company has started selling fuel cell systems to other companies in addition to introducing the Mirai and the Sora fuel cell bus. In addition, the Japanese automaker is making patents available royalty-free. According to the company, its experience here has been that many companies from various industries are looking for fuel cell systems that can be easily adapted to their own products.
Therefore, Toyota has developed a product that combines optimized system components from the Mirai, such as the fuel cell stack, and other components for air and hydrogen supply, cooling and power control, among others, in a single module. This new module is available in four variants: a vertical (Type I) and a horizontal version (Type II), each with an output of 60 kW or 80 kW. It has a voltage range of 400 to 750 V and, thanks to a built-in fuel cell step-up converter, can be connected directly to an existing electrical device that has a motor, inverter, and battery, etc. This simplifies the development and manufacture of fuel cell products. In addition, the modularization of the system provides significantly improved convenience. The four model variants can be combined depending on the application and can be flexibly adapted to the required power level and the available space.
The new module takes advantage of the features of the company's proprietary fuel cell system, which does not require a humidifier because the water generated during electricity production circulates within the fuel cell stack. Maintenance is simple and rarely required, reducing overall costs from procurement to use to disposal.