Seven-Eleven Japan and Toyota begin studies
Seven-Eleven Japan Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation have concluded a basic agreement for studies on energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction in convenience store distribution and operation. The two companies aim to contribute to the realization of a low-carbon and hydrogen-based society in the future via introduction of vehicles and power generators, to be newly developed by Toyota, which use hydrogen.
In the distribution process, fuel cell trucks in which the refrigeration/freezer unit and the truck itself are powered by fuel cells will be introduced as refrigerator/freezer trucks for stores, with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions. As far as store operation, an energy management system that combines already-installed solar power generators and the items listed below will be introduced to enable greater energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction.
- Introduction of stationary hydrogen generator using an automotive fuel cell unit: Under consideration is the use of a fuel cell power generator as a power source at stores with hydrogen stations.
- Introduction of stationary rechargeable batteries using rechargeable batteries for automobiles: A stationary rechargeable battery system that employs rechargeable automobile batteries will be introduced to stores and may be used as an emergency power source during disasters, in addition to possible applications for energy conservation and CO2 emissions reduction.