The development of a high pressure hydrogen storage module announced Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). Already tested in cars such as the Mirai, it integrates a hydrogen detector and an automatic shutdown switch, among other safety systems, which automatically control the operating status and guarantee its reliability.
“Since it is safer and more efficient to transport hydrogen based on large-capacity charges, hydrogen-derived energy can be used in different places where it is difficult to refuel hydrogen, such as ports or mountainous areas,” explained the Japanese manufacturer.
As he stressed, the use of hydrogen as fuel for fuel cell systems is “simple and safe in a wide variety of applications”. For this reason, this high-pressure resin hydrogen tank (70 MPa) “is receiving numerous requests for use in railways, shipping and cargo handling in ports, as well as generators.”
Its use, Toyota clarified, requires compliance with various safety standards and adjustments, for which the technology has not yet “been used for different purposes.” Along with offering his “collaboration and support” to the authorities, he stressed that the Japanese government “is working on various studies to promote the early adoption of hydrogen with safety guarantees.”
The technology was presented through a conceptual model at the International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Exhibition (FC Expo), held in Tokyo. Subsequently, it continued with the track tests, in particular with a Toyota Corolla that competes for the second consecutive year in the Super Taikyu series.
The first date, held at the Suzuka autodrome, had as its goal “to verify the transport of large amounts of hydrogen with a fuel cell truck equipped with large-volume high-pressure resin hydrogen tanks for automobiles (two groups of 16 tanks), at 45 MPa”.