Toyota and Fukuoka City have signed a partnership agreement aimed at making the hydrogen society happen sooner. Under this agreement, Toyota and Fukuoka will engage in broad joint ventures to achieve the goals, working closely with CJPT technologies on commercial projects. As a first step, negotiations on the use of fuel cell vehicles were started.
However, Fukuoka focused on the potential use of hydrogen energy and launched the Hydrogen Leading City Project. As part of the project, the city launched the world's first initiative to produce hydrogen from domestic wastewater and supply it to fuel cell vehicles. It was also the first city in Japan to conduct various tests of trucks and motorcycles equipped with fuel cell technologies.
Toyota sees hydrogen as a promising form of energy to achieve carbon neutrality. In order to become a hydrogen society, Mirai carries out extensive collaborations extending beyond the automotive industry by carrying out works such as the development of hydrogen powered vehicles, the production of hydrogen powered commercial vehicles with CJPT cooperation, as well as the sales of the fuel cell vehicle.
Fukuoka and Toyota held numerous talks to make hydrogen commonplace for city dwellers and encourage its practical use. The first collaboration in the hydrogen field was realized in November 2012, in the last race of the Super Taikyu Series. In this race, Toyota used hydrogen produced from household sewers to power its hydrogen-powered vehicles.
With the new agreement, Toyota, Fukuoka City and CJPT will cooperate in developing and using vehicles that can support social infrastructure, creating logistics models, and using hydrogen energy in residences, facilities and various organizations.
To begin with, fuel cell vehicles will be used for school food delivery trucks and city garbage trucks. Fuel cell generation systems will also be adapted. Forward-looking studies will contribute greatly to the carbon neutral and hydrogen society.