Running on Toyota Sewage Energy

October 11th, 2016 by

Toyota MiraiToyota has long-been been a pioneer in the development of energy-efficient vehicles. As part of that commitment to savings and sustainability, the automaker is always looking for exciting new technologies and ways to improve them for the consumer market. It turns out that thanks to Toyota Sewage Energy, something we currently waste, could be what powers the future of travel.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles

Many experts believe that hydrogen-powered vehicles will dominate the roads in coming years. Hydrogen is cheap, abundant, and clean-burning. That makes it an enticing alternative to gas-powered and even electric vehicles.

The technology necessary to run cars on hydrogen is already well developed. What is lacking, however, is a nationwide network of hydrogen fuel stations. As a result, there are few hydrogen-powered vehicles currently being produced and little incentive to build more fuel stations – a vicious cycle that keeps an exciting technology in limbo.

Toyota Sewage Energy

Toyota currently makes a hydrogen vehicle called the Mirai in limited production. In Japan, the automaker has converted a wastewater treatment plant into a hydrogen production plant to generate fuel for the Mirai. Solid human waste is put through a relatively simple process that produces pure hydrogen as the end result.

This is not a new technology and is actually quite common in India. Currently, the process in place in Japan produces enough hydrogen each day to fuel 65 Mirai vehicles. If production expanded, the wastewater treatment facility could power around 300 vehicles.

This scheme might sound outrageous, but it makes a lot of sense for both drivers and automakers. Hydrogen produced from sewage is clean, cheap, and exists in huge supply in every city. Plus, cars that run on hydrogen are quick to refuel, have a long range, and can achieve incredible power ratings. Hydrogen is a lot like conventional gas, just more affordable and more renewable.

Follow the Future of Toyota at Toyota of Naperville

If the Toyota sewage energy pilot project continues to be a success in Japan, the automaker could begin converting wastewater plants in the U.S. A future with sewage-powered vehicles may not start tomorrow, but it may not be far down the road. Rely on Toyota of Naperville for news and updates about Toyota’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

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