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Toyota trials hybrid fuel cell-microturbine-CHP system

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Toyota has begun Japanese trials of a hybrid power system combining a solid oxide fuel cell and a gas-fired microturbine.

The 250 kW system is installed at the firm’s Motomachi plant in Toyota City, Aichi prefecture, and provides power and heat for the plant.

A combined heat and power (CHP) unit is included. According to Toyota, the system’s generating efficiency is 55% and its overall efficiency is boosted to 65% with the CHP unit.

The trial aims to test the system's energy efficiency, performance, and durability.

Toyota jointly developed the system with its subsidiary Toyota Turbine and Systems as well as Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems. The project is part of an initiative of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). 

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