Rinnai Corporation (Rinnai), Toyota Motor Corporation and Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. collaborate on hydrogen applications in the food industry.
They aim to achieve this by enabling real-world experiences with hydrogen-powered heating methods in and around Woven City – a living laboratory developed by Toyota in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
In May 2022, Rinnai announced the successful development of the 100% hydrogen combustion technology for residential water heaters and is actively developing various other hydrogen-powered equipment.
Toyota is on a mission to transform itself into a mobility company, contribute to a sustainable future, and produce well-being for all – for generations to come. To make this vision a reality, Toyota is constructing Woven City where people will live, work, and play as partners and residents create and test new inventions. Developing and utilizing sustainable energy is part of the mission, including new hydrogen technology as a promising option toward carbon neutrality that will combine with new mobility innovations to become the future fabric of life.
Rinnai, Toyota, and Woven Planet share a strong desire to expand hydrogen applications and help achieve global carbon neutrality. Together, they have targeted cooking as a significant way to validate the domestic abilities of hydrogen energy and demonstrate its convenience, usefulness, and value – the overall positive impact it can make on everyday life.
Collaboratively, the companies will apply a scientific approach and fully explore all possible ways to help increase the popularity of hydrogen-powered cooking as an advantageous new approach to meal preparation. They will focus on the safest and most efficient combustion methodologies that also optimize the taste and texture of ingredients without emitting CO2 in the cooking process.
Hiroyasu Naito, Executive President of Rinnai, said, “As Rinnai provides products for home use that are closely related to everyday life, we feel that this joint development will enable us to take advantage of our strengths in the field of cooking equipment and further contribute to the global environment.”
James Kuffner, CEO of Woven Planet, said, “Current cooking methods based on propane or natural gas emit CO2. That is why we are developing new hydrogen-powered cooking methods to open the door to sustainable, flavorful food experiences.”