Royal Dutch Shell Plc (AMS:RDSA) today announced that a joint venture in China has switched on a 20-MW electrolyser at the Zhangjiakou Integrated Green Hydrogen Hub in Hebei province, with plans to scale up the unit to 60 MW in the next two years.
The electrolyser was installed by Zhangjiakou City Transport and Shell New Energy Co Ltd, which is a joint venture between Zhangjiakou City Transport Construction Investment Holding Group Co Ltd with a 48.5% interest, Shell (China) Ltd with 47.5% and Zhangjiakou Zhiqing Technology Partnership with 4%.
Relying on onshore wind power, the facility is expected to initially provide about half of the total green hydrogen supply for fuel cell vehicles at the Zhangjiakou competition zone during the Winter Olympic Games that will take place next month. After that, the output of the electrolyser will be used for public and commercial transport in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.
The announcement points out that this new electrolyser is equal in size to the second-largest in the world that is already in operation – a 20-MW unit run by Air Liquide in Canada. The largest one amounts to 30 MW and is operated by Baofeng Energy in China.
This is Shell’s first commercial hydrogen development project in China, it noted. Wael Sawan, Shell’s Integrated Gas, Renewable and Energy Solutions Director, commented that the company recognises opportunities across the Chinese hydrogen supply chain, including for production, storage and shipping.
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