Toyota has developed a hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system suitable for installation on ships. The first one was the experimental Energy Observer catamaran, which operates only on renewable energy sources. Technology borrowed from the Mirai sedan.
Launched in 2017, the Energy Observer was built in collaboration with the French research organization CEA-LITEN. On board there are two wind generators, 130 square meters of solar panels, two electric motors and an electrolyzer – a device that emits oxygen and hydrogen from sea water. Over the past four years, the catamaran has traveled the world: the expedition organizers plan to visit 50 countries and 101 ports, proving that with the help of modern technologies it is possible to reduce the detrimental effect on the environment without sacrificing comfort.
Toyota joined this project in 2018, and as part of the partnership, the European manufacturer’s technical center adapted the Mirai power sedan for use on ships. The development of a compact hydrogen module took seven months. The next step is to install the system on the Energy Observer, which will demonstrate the flexibility of Toyota’s hydrogen technologies, coupled with their reliability and efficiency. The new power plant has already been pre-tested while the catamaran was on the docks, and now it is being tested in the open sea.
In mid-January 2020, Toyota showed the second-generation Mirai serial. The sedan is now built on the global architecture of TNGA, which allowed to increase internal dimensions, as well as equipped with an upgraded fuel cell system. The power reserve of Mirai grew by almost a third and reached 650 kilometers.
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