The Hydrogen Corridor Construction and Development Plan in the Yangtze River Delta Region or the “H2 Corridor”, developed by the China Society of Automotive Engineers (China SEA), under the guidance of the Yangtze River Delta Regional Corporation Office has been released.
The plan focuses on the balanced development of H2 stations and associated infrastructure with fuel cell commercial vehicles integrations the region’s existing H2 resources.
“Collaborative development of the hydrogen corridor with joint efforts to connect cities in the Yangtze River Delta Region will be an effective approach to overcome the challenges facing the hydrogen infrastructure development, and boost [China’s] FCV technological advancement and industrial innovation,” said Ms. Wang Ju, Deputy Secretary-General of China SAE.
The hydrogen plan is an essential part of the development strategy by the Chinese government to build fuel cell clusters and hydrogen highways.
The plan has received full support from the Science and Technology commission of Shanghai Municipality (STCSM), Nantong Government, Rugao Government, and other government authorities.
September 2017 saw STCSM release China’s first Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan, aiming to build five to ten hydrogen refuelling stations in Shanghai by 2020.
The city is poised to be the starting point of the ‘H2 Corridor’ plan released by China SAE. The plan outlines three stages of development:
2019 – 2021 (short term)
H2 station development to connect Shanghai with core demonstration cities in the region by four H2 highways. Based on the existing H2 infrastructure, it will focus on the development of influential fuel cell clusters to form the framework of industrial belts.
2022 – 2025 (medium term)
Scale up H2 industrial belts to extensive H2 infrastructure networks with increasing densities, including at least ten H2 highways
2026 – 2030 (long term)
Leverage H2 network to all-encompassing H2 development in the region and extend H2 corridor to the north and west.
Regional, national and international collaboration is becoming a major trend in China’s fuel cell vehicle development, represented by the Yangtze River Delta Region striving to be a global leader in the integrated H2 economy development.
The region currently has six H2 refuelling stations in operation, and in Shanghai alone, a fleet of 500 fuel cell delivery vehicles are serving over ten logistics companies.
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