Toyota partners in wind-power hydrogen for fuel cells

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Toyota Motor Corp. says it is working with local Japanese governments to make hydrogen from wind-power electricity, trying to answer the main criticism of fuel cell cars: That making the hydrogen for the fuel is not clean.

Fuel cells are zero-emission, running on the power created when hydrogen combines with oxygen in the air to make water. But to have a totally clean supply chain, the hydrogen must also be cleanly made. Right now, most hydrogen is produced from fossil fuels.

In a project, announced Monday, which involves Japanese electronics and energy company Toshiba Corp. and hydrogen company Iwatani Corp., hydrogen from wind-power plant Hama Wing in Yokohama will be compressed and transported by a truck to a factory, market and two warehouses.