In a nutshell: Toyota has created a working prototype of a portable hydrogen cartridge that could make an alternative energy source more suitable for everyday use. The idea is similar to that of a propane tank, allowing users to quickly and easily change cartridges as needed. Toyota estimates that one cartridge is enough to run a typical household microwave oven for 3-4 hours.

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Canister developed jointly with a subsidiary Woven Planets Holdings. It is approximately 16 inches long and seven inches wide with a target weight of 11 pounds.

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automaker conceded that most of the hydrogen today is produced from fossil fuels and is used to refine oil and produce fertilizers. In the future, however, Toyota believes that hydrogen will be created using very low carbon technologies and used in a wider range of applications.

Toyota hasn’t given any specific use cases for its hydrogen cartridges, but the accompanying graph shows their use in cars, drones, motorcycles, and even to recharge mobile devices.

The automaker said the Japanese government is actively working on research to promote the safe use of hydrogen, adding that they are happy to support these efforts.

We are told that Toyota’s main goal is to create a zero-carbon society where everyone can have access to clean energy. Their efforts will start in Japan and then expand around the world. Interested parties can get a closer look at the prototype during the 2022 Super Taikyu Series at Fuji Speedway from June 3rd to 5th.