Toyota takes hydrogen-powered Corolla into another race, with emphasis on transporting imported hydrogen

Toyota Motor Corporation is enter a vehicle equipped with a hydrogen development engine (previous position) during the 2021 Super Taikyu Series Powered by Hankook Round 5 Suzuka S-tai, lasting five hours, which takes place this weekend. As in Rounds 3 and 4, the vehicle will be entered under the ORC ROOKIE Racing banner, and Toyota President Akio Toyoda will participate in the race as Morizo ​​driver.

In addition to further developing the hydrogen engine, Toyota is using racing events to focus on the broader challenges of the hydrogen industry and the supply chain. During the Fuji Speedway race, Toyota tried to “use” hydrogen; in the Autopolis race, Toyota tried to broaden its options in the area of ​​”production” of hydrogen; in the Suzuka race this time, Toyota is working on the topic of hydrogen “transport”.

More specifically, Toyota will use hydrogen produced from Australian lignite to fuel its vehicle during Round 5; this hydrogen will be transported to and within Japan by a partnership of three companies: Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Iwatani Corporation and Electric Power Development Co. (J-Power).

Toyota is also working to reduce CO emissions2 emissions generated while transporting hydrogen to Japan using biofuel trucks and electric fuel cell trucks (FCETs).

Hydrogen transport from abroad. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, which will help Toyota transport hydrogen, began building hydrogen storage tanks for rocket fuel over 30 years ago and has continued to perfect their hydrogen technologies ever since.

In 2016, she created HySTRA, a technology research association with Iwatani, J-Power and others, and plans to produce hydrogen economically from Australian lignite, which is abundant and inexpensive to extract, and to transport the hydrogen to Japan.

In fiscal year 2022, Toyota will conduct a test drive to transport hydrogen from Australia to Japan using the world’s first liquefied hydrogen transporter, the Suiso border, which was built by combining hydrogen-related technologies and shipbuilding technologies from Kawasaki Heavy Industries. This test is not only a transport challenge, but also a “storage” challenge by turning hydrogen into liquid. In the mid-2020s, Toyota will also build a full-scale liquefied hydrogen transporter capable of transporting 10,000 tonnes of hydrogen at a time, and by 2030, the company plans to transport 225,000 tonnes of hydrogen from Australia as a large-scale commercial supply. chain.

Japan is expected to need around 3 million tonnes of hydrogen in 2030 and around 20 million tonnes in 2050. As introduction increases, there is a need for large-scale hydrogen supply not only. in Japan but also abroad.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Iwatani and J-Power are testing air transport of hydrogen from Australia to Japan and will supply some of the hydrogen to Toyota for the Super Taikyu Series 2021 Round 5 Suzuka S-tai. Through the on-site use of this hydrogen during the race, the three companies and Toyota will share concrete future plans for the transportation and use of hydrogen.

In addition, Toyota is considering the use of the hydrogen transported by the Suiso border in the Super Taikyu race in 2022. In the mid-2025s, Toyota plans to use hydrogen carried by a large liquefied hydrogen transporter to continue its efforts to help realize a hydrogen society.

Hydrogen transport in Japan. In the 2021 Suzuka S-tai Super Taikyu Series, two types of hydrogen will be used in the hydrogen motor vehicle: hydrogen derived from lignite transported from Australia and clean hydrogen produced by Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R ) in Namie Town, Fukushima Prefecture.

The Australian hydrogen will be transported to the Suzuka circuit by small electric fuel cell trucks (FCET) from the Commercial Japan Partnership (CJPT), while the FH2R hydrogen will be transported by a biofuel truck from Toyota Transport.


Produce, transport and use hydrogen at the Super Taikyu Series 2021 Round 5 Suzuka S-tai

Improvement of hydrogen powered vehicles. In an effort to accelerate the development of the hydrogen powered vehicle, Toyota competed in the Fuji Super TEC 24 Hours Race and the Super Taikyu Race at Autopolis, and for the month and a half after the race at Autopolis, worked to improve the vehicle.

Specifically, Toyota has improved the power output to a level equivalent to that of a gasoline engine. As for the filling time, the company made improvements so that the car could be filled from both sides of the vehicle, reducing the filling time from around three minutes at Autopolis to around two minutes this time.

In addition, Toyota introduced a new connected system at the development site, which allows the collection of a large amount of more precise data at a higher speed. In addition to accelerating development with connected technology, Toyota wants to train connected technology in the harsh motorsport environment and apply the lessons learned from this initiative to making better cars and developing services in the future.

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