Apr 10, 2017

Delivery of a Hydrogen Generation System for Fuel Cell Forklifts

Hitachi Zosen Corporation recently delivered a Hydro Spring hydrogen generation system (solid polymer electrolyte, 24 Nm3/h) for Toyota Motor Kyushu’s Miyata Plant.

■Project outline
This project was designed to allow the operation of fuel cell-powered forklifts using hydrogen generated from renewable energy, with the aim of allowing an industry-government team of Fukuoka Prefecture, Toyota Motor Kyushu, Kyuden Technosystems, and Toyota Tsusho to produce and utilize hydrogen. Carried out as a Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry subsidized project, the hydrogen generation system that produces hydrogen from electricity generated using renewable energy was designed and manufactured by Hitachi Zosen at its Kashiwa Works, who also carried out trial operations on site.

1. Delivery destination:Toyota Motor Kyushu’s Miyata Plant
2. Delivered equipment:Hydro Spring hydrogen generation system (solid polymer electrolyte, 24 Nm3/h)
3. Delivery period:February 2017

■Features of the Hydro Spring hydrogen generation system
Hitachi Zosen’s Hydro Spring hydrogen generation system allows hydrogen to be produced stably no matter the changes in output from the renewable energy source. It offers the following features.
1. High levels of safety and convenience
・Hydrogen is produced on-site and on time using just electricity and water. There is no need to carry in, store, or exchange canisters.
2. High efficiency and load variation adaptability
・Hydrogen is produced efficiently using a solid polymer electrolyte (PEM) style electrolytic bath.
・Quickly adapts to rapid fluctuations in energy load due to renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power generation.
3. Produces high-quality hydrogen
・Produces hydrogen at a dew point (converted to atmospheric pressure) of between -50°C and -70°C with purity levels between 99.999% and 99.9999%.