Telios partnered with Toyota and Fuel Cell Energy to integrate a 3 MW fuel cell plant into Toyota’s vehicle processing center at the Port of Long Beach, California. The project is a groundbreaking development in which directed biogas is used as the fuel cell’s feedstock, providing the entire campus with 100% emissions-free, renewable electricity and creating one of the largest green hydrogen plants in the world!
With the rising demand for electric and fuel cell vehicles, Toyota addressed the lack of fueling infrastructure by leveraging the fuel cell’s trigeneration capability. That is, after the fuel cell creates electricity, a portion of the waste heat is used to create high-quality hydrogen gas. The plant creates enough green hydrogen to fuel 240 fuel cell passenger vehicles per day, or up to 12 class A1 transport trucks per day. It also creates enough renewable energy to power 100% of the on-site loads and leaves nearly 1.5 MWac of power to be sold back to the grid…continuously.
Telios engineered a 12kV power distribution and transfer system that allows the campus to receive its normal power directly from the fuel cell, even during a prolonged utility outage, but still allows the grid to provide back-up power, if needed. The project’s first-of-kind nature created many challenges, both technical and regulatory in nature, and took nearly five years to reach completion. Telios’ technical expertise and experience navigating complex interconnection processes was critical to creating a safe, reliable system and obtaining the project’s permission to operate.