Toyota have taken a step toward the future by installing stationary pure hydrogen fuel cells at a zero-emissions facility at its Honsha Plant in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

This big step forward for the energy-conscious car manufacturer is part of the Japanese marque’s aim to achieve its goal to eliminate carbon emissions in all operations by 2050. The pure hydrogen fuel cells being used are new models that have been specifically designed for use in small office spaces, and have a rated power output of 3.5kW.

The use of these cells means that this project marks the first time such fuel cells have been operational in a commercial environment, therefore showing just how far ahead Toyota are with their bid to create a clean future. A combination of energy-saving measures and other renewable energy sources will work alongside the hydrogen cells in order to make the Honsha Plant completely emission-free.

The energy-saving measures will include giving each employee the ability to switch their air-conditioning and lighting on and off, in order to promote conservation. Maximising the use of natural light and ventilation will also help to reduce the need for electricity, and should therefore reduce power consumption and CO2 emissions by 50%.

In addition to all of these measures, Toyota have also installed an energy management system that combines solar power with storage batteries made by recycling used batteries from the Toyota Prius. The Prius is Toyota’s first hybrid model, and is now available as a plug-in option; its success has also prompted the brand to offer a whole range of other hybrid models, most recently including the Toyota C-HR. The complete range of hybrid and plug-in vehicles can be explored here at Lancaster Toyota.

The Japanese brand are also planning to bring their environmental developments to the US, currently seeking LEED Platinum certification for their new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas. Set to open in May 2017, the plant will include a 7.7-megawatt solar array, and will use 100% renewable energy. As the world continues its search for a zero-emissions future, Toyota look set to lead the way.