It's official, Toyota is relocating its US operations to Plano, TX. And it won't be a symbolic 'all ranch and no cattle' gesture – the Japanese automaker, whose headquarters have been in California since 1957, has decided to base nearly all of its operations in the Lone Star State, including much of its engineering, finance and sales and marketing teams.
Ballard Power Systems will deploy one of its one-megawatt CLEARgen fuel cell generators at Toyota's U.S. sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance, CA. The CLEARgen fuel cell system will utilize hydrogen produced by steam-reformation of renewable biogas generated at a nearby landfill. Deployment of the CLEARgen system will enable Toyota to satisfy its peak and mid-peak power needs by utilizing electricity from either the fuel cell system or from the electrical grid.
As part of it's continuing efforts to be more environmentally friendly, Toyota Motor Sales will be making an effort to maximize a their recycling rates and send no waste to landfill sites at their Torrance, CA headquarters. Toyota has 5,000 staff, partners and visitors at their campus daily and also wants to eliminate 1,000 tons of greenhouse gases annually. The headquarters facility already has a recycling rate of eighty percent, and the rest of the waste is used as fuel for electrical power ge