Toyota Industries Corporation and Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation have that Toyota Industries will adopt a Toshiba ESS facility to produce and supply hydrogen made from renewable energy for fuel-cell forklifts used at the Takahama plant of Toyota Industries in Aichi Prefecture.
The system will control the amounts of production and compression of hydrogen using Toshiba ESS’ hydrogen energy management system, which includes a hydrogen demand prediction function that forecasts supply requirements for each fuel-cell forklift, allowing efficient use of energy.
Since November 2016, Toyota Industries has already supplied almost 80 hydrogen forklifts trucks to factories and airports where it is difficult to have enough time for battery-powered units to charge for long run times. Fuel-cell forklifts can be filled-up in as quickly as three minutes. Six trucks of them are operating at its Takahama Plant and Toyota Industries is planning to increase them to 12 trucks during FY 2018.