Toyota and Seven-Eleven preview Next Generation Convenience Store with lower CO2 emissions

Toyota Motor Corporation and Seven-Eleven Japan and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announced details of a joint project to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This follows on from a basic agreement signed between the two companies in August 2017 regarding considerations towards energy conservation and carbon dioxide emission reduction in store distribution and operation.

The project aims to introduce technologies and systems developed by Toyota in Seven-Eleven stores in Japan, starting in stages from 2019. Stationary fuel cell generators (FC generators) and rechargeable batteries will be introduced, managed centrally by building energy management systems (BEMS), raising the proportion of renewable energy and electric power derived from hydrogen used. A newly developed small fuel cell truck (small FC truck) will be introduced in the distribution process, aiming to achieve zero emissions of substances of concern including CO2.

Seven-Eleven already began introducing environmentally, user-friendly stores late last year with the opening of the Chiyoda Nibancho Store as a flagship of these initiatives. The second such store, the Sagamihara Hashimotodai Itchome Store opened last month with renewable energy accounting for 46% of the store’s electric power usage.

Toyota technologies and systems that use hydrogen will be introduced in stores and distribution sites, with next generation stores further using renewable energy. Two small FC trucks are intended to be introduced within the Tokyo metropolitan region in the first quarter of 2019, and operations at next generation stores are expected to commence towards the end of the year.

The joint project with Seven-Eleven also intends to support the accumulation and verification of new technologies and knowledge such as small FC trucks and FC generators.

The small trucks are equipped with fuel cell (FC) units similar to those used in the Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle that is on sale in certain countries. The electric power generated by the FC unit powers the truck and serves as the power source for the refrigerator unit. When stopped, the FC unit supplies generated electricity to the refrigerator/freezer unit. The truck will be equipped with an external power supply function, for high-output, high-capacity electric power supply and can be used as a power source during a disaster.

Toyota announced the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 in October 2015, which aims to assist in developing a sustainable society. Accordingly, the carmaker is taking active measures to reduce CO2 emissions by promoting efficient energy use and alternative energy use to address global environmental issues such as global warming, resource scarcity, and energy challenges.

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