Hydrogen (H2) technology specialists, Hydrogenics Corporation, has signed a strategic partnership with Chinese outfit SinoHytec to deliver fuel cells to the North Pacific rim country.

The $13.5m contract will see both companies co-develop fuel cell power modules and supply power systems specifically for the Chinese market, with the systems integrated into buses and trucks during the next two years.

Daryl Wilson, CEO of the Canadian company, highlighted, “Hydrogenics is the clear choice for this initiative due to the compelling and unique advantage that our fuel cell technology brings versus the competition, and Hydrogenics is the only ‘one stop shop’ providing the full scope of applications needed to meet China’s requirements – from Power-to-Gas (P2G) energy storage to fuelling stations and vehicle propulsion systems.”

Through a strong co-development effort, SinoHytec and Hydrogenics can deliver a new commercial fuel cell power system

Min Yu, Vice-President of Sales and Marketing at SintoHytec, explained, “We have worked with Hydrogenics for several years now and thoroughly assessed their technology advantages. SinoHytec also understands the Chinese fuel cell mobility customers’ requirements. Through a strong co-development effort, SinoHytec and Hydrogenics can deliver a new commercial fuel cell power system product especially designed for our valued customers in China.”

This contract further builds upon Hydrogenics’ presence in China, after securing several deals in 2015 with the country’s vehicle manufacturers to deliver fuel cell and fuelling station technologies.

It is understood that these agreements will impact more than 2,000 vehicles over the course of the next three to five years as part of China’s strategy to solve widespread air quality issues.