Hydrogen is a very promising form of fuel. While producing it may still produce carbon emissions, its use is very environment-friendly—with water vapor as the only exhaust product.
That is why over the years, many carmakers and energy companies are trying to come up with ways to use it.
There’s no question about the potential of the element as an energy source. But the biggest challenge in the adoption of hydrogen use is the infrastructure.
Billions of dollars will be needed to put up one in just one country. Toyota realizes this, and so, with its subsidiary Woven Planet, the mobility company has come up with a clever way to store and transport the lightest element.
Called a Hydrogen Cartridge, the tank is 400mm long and 180mm in diameter that will be used to store the element. Tipping the scales at just 5kg, it is portable and easy to transport. Easily swappable, this allows for effortless replacement and quick recharging. It can be brought to various places, even remote and non-electrified ones, especially in times of disaster.
When used by a fuel-cell system to produce electricity, the cartridge should generate up to 3.3kWh per unit. Enough electricity to power a household microwave oven for three to four hours. Open to further developments, this cartridge can be modified to improve its usability for various energy needs.
The cartridge prototype has been displayed in Round 2 of the 2022 Super Taikyu last weekend. Here, Toyota and Woven Planet shared how hydrogen energy works and its benefits to the public.
Should the cartridge prove to be convenient, effective and affordable enough, this could be a game-changer in the way we use hydrogen as an environment-friendly energy source.