Sinopec to establish its first hydrogen project in the Inner Mongolia region in 2022
Chinese state-controlled oil giant Sinopec has announced that it anticipates setting up its first green hydrogen project, a zero-carbon fuel generated from renewable energy sources, in the Inner Mongolia region in 2022.
The company, China's largest hydrogen producer, also said it will focus on fossil fuel-based hydrogen output over the subsequent five years and set up 1,000 hydrogen filling stations across the country, as part of its goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Sinopec at present owns an annual hydrogen production capacity of 3.5 million tonnes, mainly grey hydrogen as a byproduct from its refineries, accounting for about 14 percent of total hydrogen output in China.
Situated in the Ordos, the green hydrogen plant is designed to have an annual production capacity of 20,000 tonnes, with a total investment of 2.6 billion yuan ($405.58 million).
The initial phase will comprise 10,000 tonnes of hydrogen output, sustained by a 270 megawatts (MW) solar power station and a 50 MW wind farm.
The green hydrogen produced from the plant will be supplied to a coal chemical project run by Zhong Tian He Chuang Corp, a joint venture set up by China Coal Energy Co, Sinopec, Shenergy, and Inner Mongolia Manshi Group.
Sinopec is also planning to construct a 20,000 tonnes per year green hydrogen plant in Kuqa city in China's northwestern region Xinjiang, driven by a 1,000 MW solar power station.