Air Products has signed an agreement with state-owned Shenhua New Energy Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of China’s energy conglomerate China Energy Investment Group Co., Ltd., to provide two hydrogen dispensers to China Energy’s first commercial hydrogen fueling station project in Rugao City of Jiangsu Province, eastern China. The fueling station is expected to be one of the largest in China in terms of fueling capacity when it becomes operational in mid-2018.
Air Products’ proprietary SmartFuel® hydrogen dispenser will be supplied for the project for fueling the hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles. 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 hydrogen fueling station in Beijing has continued to serve local vehicles since the events concluded.
“Air Products began collaborating with Shenhua Group affiliates including the National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy in 2016 to accelerate China’s hydrogen economy,” said Tammy Han, vice president-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 hydrogen energy market. We look forward to further expanding our cooperation in hydrogen energy in the future.”
As part of its efforts to support China’s hydrogen energy industry, Air Products also announced it has joined the National Alliance of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell (NAHFC) organization, 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 hydrogen 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 hydrogen energy strategy and development roadmap.
Source: Air Products