Air Products has signed an agreement with state-owned Shenhua New Energy Co. Ltd. (New Energy), a subsidiary of China’s energy conglomerate China Energy Investment Group Co., Ltd. (China Energy), to provide two hydrogen (H2) dispensers to China Energy’s first H2 fuelling station commercial project in Rugao City of Jiangsu Province, eastern China.
Air Products’ SmartFuel® H2 dispenser will be supplied for the project for fueling the H2 fuel cell powered vehicles. The fuelling station is expected to be one of the largest in China in terms of fuelling capacity when it becomes operational in mid-2018.
China Energy was established in November 2017 by the merger of Shenhua Group, a world-class energy company, and China’s power giant China Guodian Corporation. With assets exceeding $270bn, China Energy has set a number of world records including being the largest producer of coal, thermal power, renewable energy, and coal-to-oil and coal chemical products. Clean energy including H2, is a key focus of the group.
“Air Products began collaborating with Shenhua Group affiliates including the National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy in 2016 to accelerate China’s H2 economy,” said Tammy Han, Vice-President of Central and Western China, Industrial Gases, at Air Products. “We are excited about the agreement with Shenhua New Energy which is a latest fruit of our joint efforts to develop China’s H2 energy market. We look forward to further expanding our cooperation in H2 energy in the future.”
Air Products has participated in several of China’s demonstration projects, such as powering the official shuttle buses for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2010 Asian Games and 2011 Shenzhen Universiade. The H2 fuelling station in Beijing has continued to serve local vehicles since the events concluded.
As part of its efforts to support China’s H2 energy industry, Air Products also announced it has joined the National Alliance of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell (NAHFC), which was co-initiated by China Energy and officially established in Beijing in February. The alliance is a government-backed national platform to develop the H2 and fuel cell industry by consolidating resources and innovative technologies from key industry players and institutes. It also serves as a think-tank to form the national H2 energy strategy and development roadmap. As a key member in the alliance, Air Products will leverage its leading expertise in H2 production, storage, transportation and dispensing infrastructure to support the H2 energy blueprint outlined in China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.