Shell Starts Off Green Hydrogen Production From China
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The energy firm, Shell, announced the starting of one of the world's largest hydrogen electrolysers in Zhangjiakou, China. The production of green hydrogen has also started from the facility.
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The facility in China is a joint venture between Shell China and Zhangjiakou City Transport Construction Investment Holding Group Co. Ltd. completed in 13 months. The companies look forward to augmenting the facility to 60 MW in the next couple of years. The project in China is a first of its kind commercial hydrogen development project.
For a cleaner energy future, hydrogen plays a significant role where it helps abate emissions to a great level where renewable energy solutions such as wind or solar are less practical.
Although hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, there is hardly any pure form of hydrogen available on earth and has to be extracted from other materials. The extraction process is against the environment owing to creating pollution and GHG emissions. There have to be significant investments for extracting clean hydrogen.
Wael Sawan, Shell’s Integrated Gas, Renewable and Energy Solutions Director, said: “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. 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.”
Shell said that the new onshore wind-powered facility will supply green hydrogen for more than 600 fuel cell vehicles at the Zhangjiakou competition zone during the Winter Olympics Games. The project will help power public and commercial transport in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region after the games.
Jason Wong, Executive Chairman of Shell Companies in China, said: “We are glad to contribute to China’s progress towards its commitment for a carbon-neutral Olympic Games, and in the longer term for its 2030 and 2060 carbon targets. With project phase 2 expansion plans and through partnerships with the local government and businesses, we will support the development of a low-carbon energy system and low-carbon transport system in Zhangjiakou and the wider Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.”