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EODev has demonstrated its GEH2 hydrogen generator, powered by Toyota fuel cell technology. The GEH2 generates an output of 100KVA and can be used at events, isolated sites and in emergency situations. It is also suitable for fragile environments as it has low noise levels and emits zero emissions.

Toyota Motor Europe’s new project with EODev follows last year’s successful integration of the Toyota fuel cell module into the Energy Observer boat. EODev’s ambition is to deploy the learnings from the Energy Observer boat and provide sustainable hydrogen solutions across a diverse range of applications. Both companies share a common mission to raise awareness about the versatility of hydrogen and the transition to a Hydrogen Society.

The fuel cell module in the GEH2 generator was developed around the existing hydrogen technology that already powers the Toyota Mirai. The total unit is packaged in a compact module weighing about 290kg and has a rated net power of 60kW with a peak net power of 92kW.

We are very pleased to work with EODev on this new hydrogen application. It demonstrates that already today we can develop products that accelerate energy decarbonisation. This integration of our fuel cell technology reflects our wider business model of establishing partnerships to enhance the creation of a hydrogen society. We are constantly looking for opportunities, as our technology has the flexibility to be adapted for a variety of uses.

—Thiebault Paquet, Director of the Fuel Cell Business Unit at Toyota Motor Europe

Projects come with Toyota technical support and the know-how to integrate the module into customers’ power applications. The Fuel Cell Business Unit at Toyota Motor Europe serves as the interface to guarantee the optimal use of the module. Toyota has been integrating their fuel cell technology into a variety of applications lately, including buses, trucks and boats.

Comments

Davemart

A great step towards getting rid of the noise, stink, pollution and GHG of diesel generators!

sd

Apparently you have not been around the newer Caterpillar generators. I worked for a couple of days next to a 150 kW generator which was amazing quiet, hat no noticeable smell or visible exhaust. The real noise came from a small Honda generator that was considerably further away. The new tier 4 diesels are relatively clean and while they may make more GHG, it might actually depend on depend on the source of the hydrogen.

Davemart

Any improvement is welcome,

But you seem to be comparing a well done diesel plan with a poorly done hydrogen/fuel cell one.

At its base level with hydrogen by reforming gas, which technology incidentally is improving, then GHG emissions even without carbon capture, and the likes of Norway are now seriously upscaling that, is better than diesel.

And it is a technology which by using for instance the solar generated hydrogen exported from the $5 billion Saudi project clearly has the capacity to virtually eliminate GHG

Diesel generators may be very well engineered to run quietly, and with little smoke.

Fuel cells have those virtues and others inherently.

sd

Davemart,

I want to get rid of fossil fuels as soon as possible. Mostly, I drive a battery electric car. Fuel cells have a place but, in general, I do not believe that hydrogen is a very good fuel especially for transportation. If you use electrolysis for hydrogen, fuel cells have about half of the efficiency of battery electric and if you use natural gas reformation, you are back to using fossil fuels. If you have a set amount of money to spend for cleaning up the environment, I believe that it is better to go first with the higher efficiency and lower cost of battery electric solutions.

My comments on the diesels was only to illustrate that they have vastly improved over the past decade or so.

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