China State Council SASAC: Accelerating the Construction of Hydrogen Stations, Building China's Hydrogen Expressway! "Joint Initiative for Building China's Hydrogen Expressway" Released.
"The Joint Initiative for Building China's Hydrogen Expressway" was announced at the China Fuel Cell Vehicle Conference on December 1st. The initiative aims to accelerate the construction of a hydrogen highway network based on the demonstration clusters in Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, Shanghai, Guangdong, Zhengzhou, and Hebei. These five demonstration clusters encompass a total of 41 cities, with the goal of establishing a hydrogen highway network connecting these major demonstration city clusters. The plan includes policy support for high-speed operational vehicles and high-speed hydrogen refueling stations, such as toll exemptions for high-speed travel and optimization of the construction and operation costs of hydrogen refueling stations. Experts point out that China's fuel cell vehicle industry has entered a new stage of development, and the construction of a hydrogen highway will further promote its large-scale development.
In the past 11 months, China's hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have maintained a positive development trend. As of the end of November this year, a total of 5,261 fuel cell vehicles have been produced nationwide, showing a year-on-year growth of 35%, demonstrating a robust development momentum. In terms of technology, the cost of fuel cell systems has decreased to ¥3,000 per kilowatt, an 80% reduction from 2020, and the power density of the stack has reached 4,000 watts per liter, a 35% increase from 2020. In terms of the industrial ecosystem, China currently has 62 companies capable of producing complete fuel cell vehicles, with over 700 models announced. Over 400 hydrogen refueling stations have been built, and the entire industry chain exhibits a positive development trend. In terms of promotion and application, the cumulative promotion of fuel cell vehicles exceeds 7,000 units in five demonstration clusters.
Deputy Director Gou Ping of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) emphasized the need to strengthen the construction of the hydrogen highway network, promote the cross-regional application of fuel cell vehicles, and foster a nationwide hydrogen and fuel cell vehicle ecosystem.
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The third phase of the Yangtze River Delta Hydrogen Innovation Center officially commenced construction. The project's development will contribute to establishing the port area as the most advantageous hydrogen industry cluster within the Yangtze River Delta, with strengths in hydrogen sources, technology, and the industrial chain.