In a Victorian first, Toyota today (29th March) unveiled a new AUS$7.4m ($5.67m) hydrogen centre in Altona which will pave the way for the Japanese car giant’s hydrogen-powered Mirai to enter the Australian market.
Located at Toyota’s former manufacturing site in Altona, west of Melbourne, the Toyota Hydrogen Centre comprises Victoria’s first commercial-grade, permanent hydrogen production, storage and refuelling facility, as well as an education centre that will provide information on how hydrogen fuel cells work and the benefits to society, helping to dispel any myths around the safety and use of hydrogen as a fuel.
Hydrogen is produced on site by a 200kW electrolyser that uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen components, and has the capacity to produce up to 80kg of hydrogen per day.
Power for the electrolyser is drawn from a combination of an 87kW solar array, a 100kW battery storage, and mains grid, depending on what’s available at the time.
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