Alternative energy issues affect not only the field of transport and mobile gadgets – in Japan and South Korea, the authorities encourage such solutions for the urban environment as a whole. Toyota decided to go further and immediately design a universal-type power unit. It can be used as a convenient source of energy everywhere – in buildings, cars, household equipment, and so on.
The basis of the novelty is hydrogen fuel cells, which can be assembled in a cascade, depending on the model of the power unit. The same housing houses a boost converter, a water cooling system and an air pump. The process of converting hydrogen into electricity occurs automatically, the user only needs to connect containers with gas to replenish its reserves, as well as provide access to water and air.
The power unit was named FC Modules and will be produced in two formats. The vertical version is 890 x 630 x 690 mm weighing 250 kg, and the horizontal block is 1270 x 630 x 410 mm and 240 kg. For each format, there are versions with a capacity of 60 and 80 kW with an operating voltage range of 400-750 V. These power units can be used to recharge other batteries, or directly connect electrical appliances to them. If necessary, an energy source of any given power can be assembled from several power units.