Toyota Motor Thailand and Toyota Daihatsu Engineering and Manufacturing join Hydrogen Symposium Thailand – toward realizing low-carbon society
Bangkok, Thailand (October 20, 2020) – Today, Mr. Twarath Sutabutr Inspector General, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Mr. Ninnart Chaithirapinyo Chairman Toyota Motor Thailand (TMT), Mr. Yukio Yoshida Vice President Toyota Daihatsu Engineering and Manufacturing (TDEM) with other top management from government and private sector join Hydrogen Symposium Thailand hosted by PTT under the newly established Hydrogen Thailand Working Group. TMT and TDEM as part of the working group are collaborating with private and government sectors. Ministry of Energy , PTT, National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), Bangkok Industrial Gas (BIG) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd (Mitsui), who share the same view of using hydrogen as an energy source for achieving a low-carbon society in Thailand and aims to incubate and demonstrate hydrogen technology in Thailand.
Mr. Wittawat Svasti-Xuto, Chief Technology & Engineering Officer of PTT and Chairman of Hydrogen Thailand, started the symposium with his opening remarks. During the event, hydrogen outlook was shared and discussed by experts coming from EGAT, Mitsui and BIG. TDEM shared Toyota’s initiatives for the realization of a hydrogen-based society. Toward the goal, collaboration and joint efforts between all stakeholders in the society, including national governments to develop necessary policies, investors, academia and customers, will play an important role.
Toyota exhibited its vision on future society with diversification of energy sources, where hydrogen and electricity can complement each other through coordination and cooperation among all stakeholders, to enhance the Thai energy security with alternative energy, attract relevant advance technology to the country and develop value-added hydrogen ecosystem. As part of such efforts, Toyota will be supporting a verification project toward low-carbon society, including possible application of hydrogen as energy source for transport and other needs under actual usage condition, to be conducted in the EEC (Eastern Economic Corridor) area and led by local governments.
Hydrogen has a huge potential to become a major source of energy for a large part of the society, as it’s abundantly available and can be produced through various methods, including as industrial byproduct and from biogas. In addition, it is easier to transport and store hydrogen by being liquefied, than electricity.
Pras Ganesh, Project Executive Vice President of Toyota Daihatsu Engineering and Manufacturing, commented: “Toyota believes in the huge potential of hydrogen to become a major source of clean energy for not only transport but also a larger part of the society. When generating electricity from hydrogen, nothing but only water vapor emit. With its accumulated technologies and knowledge in fuel cell, Toyota is excited to work with a wide range of stakeholders in Thailand to help the country achieve a zero-emissions society.