POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for Mar. 16, 2016

Toyota Motor Corp. to use renewable energy to power forklifts; South Africa to issue RFPs to build a nuclear power plant


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily update of energy-related news:

  • This fall, Toyota Motor Corp. and partners are testing the feasibility of using renewable energy to power forklifts in an attempt to lower their carbon footprint. They will use electricity generated at a wind-power plant near Tokyo to separate hydrogen and oxygen from water; the hydrogen will be sent to locations that will use it on fuel cell-powered forklifts. Toyota and partners expect this low-carbon hydrogen supply chain to reduce CO2 emissions by 80 percent compared to forklifts using gasoline or grid electricity.
  • By the end of the month, South African Department of Energy Director General, Thabana Zulu, will issue a request for proposals to build a nuclear power plant that can generate as much as 9,600 MWs of capacity. The government is attempting to address energy shortfalls in the country. Estimates for building the nuclear power plant range from $37 billion to $100 billion.
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