Shell has started operations at a new power-to-hydrogen electrolyser in China.
The operation in Zhangjiakou is a joint venture between Shell China and Zhangjiakou City Transport Construction Investment Holding Group.
The plant, one of the world’s largest hydrogen electrolysers, has started production of green hydrogen.
The electrolyser will provide about half of the total green hydrogen supply for fuel cell vehicles.
“The electrolyser is the largest in our portfolio to date and is in line with Shell’s Powering Progress strategy, which includes plans to build on our leading position in hydrogen,” said Wael Sawan, Shell’s integrated gas, renewable and energy solutions director.
“We see opportunities across the hydrogen supply chain in China, including its production, storage and shipping. We want to be the trusted partner for our customers from different sectors as we help them decarbonise in China.”
The 20 megawatts (MW) power-to-hydrogen electrolyser and hydrogen refuelling stations in Zhangjiakou are phase 1 of the joint venture.
The companies have plans to scale up to 60 MW in the next two years as part of phase 2.
This is Shell’s first commercial hydrogen development project in China and took only 13 months to complete.
“The hydrogen industry is critical for Zhangjiakou’s transition to low-carbon energy and to achieve the city’s carbon peak and carbon neutrality targets. The recent approval of the Hebei Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration City Cluster, which is led by our city, will also accelerate the development of the hydrogen industry in our city,” said Bai Jing, Director, Zhangjiakou municipal development and reform commission. “This project will help secure hydrogen supply for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and make it a green one while contribute to the development of hydrogen industry in the city and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.”
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