Toyota to build the first megawatt-scale fuel cell power generation plant
Toyota Motor North America is set to build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonite fuel cell power generation plant.
It will have a hydrogen fuelling station to support the company’s operations at the Port of Long Beach, and will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste for generation of water, electricity, and hydrogen. The plant was announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show earlier today.
The Tri-Gen plant will come online in 2020, and generate approximately 2.35 megawatts of electricity and 1.2 tons of hydrogen per day. This is the equivalent of around 2,350 average-sized homes and meet the driving needs of 1,500 cars a day. Toyota’s power generation facility will be 100% renewable and supply to the Logistics Services operations at the Port, making it the first Toyota facility in North America to use entirely green energy.
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"For more than twenty years, Toyota has been leading the development of fuel cell technology because we understand the tremendous potential to reduce emissions and improve society," said Doug Murtha, Group Vice President- Strategic Planning. "Tri-Gen is a major step forward for sustainable mobility and a key accomplishment of our 2050 Environmental Challenge to achieve net zero CO2 emissions from our operations."
This is a key step in Toyota’s ongoing work to develop a hydrogen society. The facility will supply all Toyota fuel cell vehicles moving through the port as well as serving as a key proof-of-concept for 100% renewable, local hydrogen generation. The vehicles involved include the Miraj sedan and Project Portal, the Heavy Duty hydrogen fuel cell class 8 truck. The hydrogen fuelling station was developed with the help of Air Liquide.
Toyota intends to continue its commitment to supporting the development of a consumer-facing hydrogen infrastructure, to realise the potential of fuel cell vehicles. The company is even partnering with Shell – the first such collaboration between a major automotive manufacturer and a global oil corporation.
Financing rises in digital platforms and renewables projects
Cold Bore is leading a shift in the completions (fracking) industry towards safer, more autonomous operations by providing oil & gas companies with SmartPAD, a centralised fully integrated software and hardware platform designed to collect, analyse, and report data. Better utilisation of this data unlocks operators’ ability to make improvements across all KPIs.
Results from a recent SmartPAD implementation with Hibernia Resources, saw the Permian-based producer able to reduce the duration of their completions program by 15 days (27%), with commensurate reductions in cost and emissions.
Along with this investment from bp ventures, bp will be deploying Cold Bore’s SmartPAD in bpx energy’s US onshore operations. The technology will support bpx’s efforts to continuously improve its operations.
“The oil & gas industry has realised that technological innovation is key to meeting growing calls for reduced emissions and improved returns. Cold Bore is proud to be playing a leadership role in the future of oil & gas operations.” said Brett Chell, Co-founder & President at Cold Bore Technology.
“As we scale to meet incredible demand, we’re excited to have a strong strategic partner in bp, a forward-thinking international energy company, and to play a part in helping bp reach its carbon and operational targets. The future of the oil & gas industry is autonomous operations."
Existing investors include the Rice Investment Group (RIG), a $200M multi-strategy, energy sector investment fund.
Another company in the spotlight last week was Soltage, a leading independent renewable power producer, which has raised a $130M debt facility led by Silicon Valley Bank. The investment will finance a 110MW national portfolio of projects across North Carolina, South Carolina, Maine, Illinois, Virginia and Maryland.
The construction of this portfolio will be staged over the next three quarters, with construction currently underway on ten projects across four states. Customers purchasing electricity from the projects financed through this debt vehicle include Investor Owned Utilities buying power under Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) contracts, community solar subscribers and corporations purchasing power from the portfolio to meet clean energy goals and lower energy costs.
Silicon Valley Bank is the Sole Coordinating Lead Arranger of the debt facility with three other banks included as lenders. This facility includes an optional $100M expansion feature to finance additional projects beyond the current set of identified projects. This announcement marks the latest development for the Soltage Iris capital vehicle, following Soltage and Harrison Street's $250M commitment in March to deliver 450MW of new solar, solar+storage and standalone storage development across the US.
"Soltage continues to provide stable investment opportunities for capital providers who are looking for bankable approaches to sustainable infrastructure investment," said Sripradha Ilango, Soltage CFO. "We are pleased to continue to bring to market high quality project portfolios that open avenues for corporations, utilities and families to adopt solar power and achieve decarbonisation priorities."
"We are at a critical point where funding domestic infrastructure to bring more clean energy online in the United States is of the utmost importance," said Bret Turner, Market Manager at Silicon Valley Bank. "Our team is proud to work with Soltage to support building these essential zero carbon energy projects in key locations across the country."
This announcement is part of a continued movement of mainstream investors looking to solar and other renewable infrastructure assets for long-term investment opportunities. Soltage has deployed over $1B into clean energy assets across the US since its founding in 2005.
SVOLT Energy Technology Co., a leading EV battery manufacturer, held a B Round Financing Transaction Ceremony in Changzhou, Jiangsu on July 28. Following the completion of A Round Financing of RMB 3.5 billion ($538 million) at the end of February, the company rapidly closed this third round of market-based equity funding, raising a total amount of RMB 10.28 billion ($1.58 billion).
Last month also saw Longroad Energy, a US-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator, complete term financing for Sun Streams 2, its 200 MWdc solar project in Maricopa County, Arizona. Longroad owns 100 percent of the project after acquiring it in early 2021 from First Solar, the original developer.