Toy­ota: UAE can be­come cap­i­tal of clean en­ergy world

2nd In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Fu­ture Mo­bil­ity

Kuwait Times - - BUSINESS -

DUBAI: Stand­ing by its com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity, Toy­ota Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion has high­lighted the UAE’s po­ten­tial to be­come the cap­i­tal of the clean en­ergy world by pro­duc­ing and uti­liz­ing hy­dro­gen as a promis­ing en­ergy source that pow­ers the most ecofriendly ve­hi­cles, namely Fuel Cell Ve­hi­cles (FCVs).

At the 2nd In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Fu­ture Mo­bil­ity, Toy­ota has pro­posed that the pos­si­bil­ity of set­ting up a hy­dro­gen-based so­ci­ety is stud­ied and eval­u­ated to un­der­stand the role it can play in con­tribut­ing to the UAE Vi­sion 2021’s sus­tain­abil­ity goals and help mit­i­gate the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of fos­sil fuel con­sump­tion.

Toy­ota in­tro­duced Prius as the world’s first mass-pro­duc­tion hy­brid ve­hi­cle in 1997. To date, the com­pany has sold around 9 mil­lion hy­brids that have al­ready contributed to a CO2 re­duc­tion of 67 mil­lion tons and this num­ber is in­creas­ing fur­ther.

“We be­lieve that hy­brids with their eco-friendly tech­nol­ogy of­fer a great way to re­duce fos­sil fuel con­sump­tion and thereby de­creased CO2 emis­sions. How­ever, to boost this even fur­ther, tech­nolo­gies such as those that power FCVs are cru­cial,” said Kiy­otaka Ise, Se­nior Man­ag­ing Of­fi­cer of Toy­ota Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion.

“Hav­ing iden­ti­fied hy­dro­gen as a promis­ing en­ergy source for the fu­ture, we are com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing FCV as the ul­ti­mate en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly ve­hi­cle,” he added. High­light­ing some of the nu­mer­ous ad­van­tages of FCVs, Ise noted that hy­dro­gen as a fuel source for FCVs can be pro­duced us­ing a wide va­ri­ety of pri­mary en­ergy sources. In ad­di­tion, FCVs emit only wa­ter when driven, thereby pro­duc­ing zero CO2 emis­sions, with the pow­er­train of­fer­ing smooth, quiet driv­ing and ex­cel­lent ac­cel­er­a­tion at low-to-mid range speeds. FCVs can also be used as a power sup­ply, which can prove to be ex­tremely useful in case of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. Fur­ther, they also of­fer an ex­cel­lent range, and re­fu­el­ing them only takes three min­utes - giv­ing own­ers a con­sid­er­able free­dom of use.

“If hy­dro­gen us­age is ex­tended beyond ve­hi­cles to­wards an es­tab­lish­ment of hy­dro­gen-based so­ci­ety, nat­u­rally, the ben­e­fits of CO2 re­duc­tion would be much greater,” Ise added.

The UAE al­ready has an abun­dant sup­ply of hy­dro­gen be­ing gen­er­ated from us­ing ex­cess ca­pac­ity at oil re­finer­ies and am­mo­nia plants, as well as a byprod­uct at its ex­ist­ing caus­tic soda and eth­yl­ene plants.

“A care­ful as­sess­ment of hy­dro­gen’s po­ten­tial as the fuel source of the fu­ture can help the UAE be­come the cap­i­tal of clean en­ergy world,” Ise con­cluded. The 2nd In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Fu­ture Mo­bil­ity is tak­ing place un­til 15 Novem­ber, 2016 at Grand Hy­att, Dubai.

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