Hydrogen electrolyser set to make Winter Olympics greener

28 January 2022 | Muriel Cozier

‘The hydrogen industry is critical for Zhangjiakou’s transition to low-carbon energy…’

What is said to be one of the world’s largest hydrogen electrolysers has become operational, producing green hydrogen in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China. The 20MW facility is a joint venture between Shell China and Zhangjiakou City Transport Construction Investment Holding Group, established during 2020. The electrolyser will provide about half the total green hydrogen for the fuel cell vehicles at the Zhangjiakou competition zone during the Winter Olympic Games, which are due to start on 4 February 2022.

The power-to-hydrogen electrolyser and hydrogen fuelling stations in Zhangjiakou are phase 1 of the joint venture. The companies are intending to scale up to 60MW during the next two years. Shell said that the project, the company’s first commercial hydrogen development in China, uses onshore wind power and took 13 months to complete. Once the games are over, the hydrogen will be used for public and commercial transport in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, helping to decarbonise the region’s transport.

Bai Jing, Director Zhangjiakou Municipal Development and Reform Commission commented; ‘The hydrogen industry is critical for Zhangjiakou’s transition to low-carbon energy and to achieve the city’s carbon peak and carbon neutral 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.’

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