The infrastructure, built in the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, is capable of powering up to 500 fuel cell cars per day.

By 2020, China will have more than 100 hydrogen filling stations in operation.

Ribbon cutting in China for World’s “Largest and Most Advanced” Hydrogen Refueling Station: 8000 square meters with a supply capacity of about 2 tons.

The announcement comes from Shanghai Chemical Industry Park, China’s first industrial zone specializing in the development of world-class chemicals and petrochemicals, which developed the gigantic infrastructure in collaboration with state-owned automobile manufacturer SAIC Motor. The goal of the two partners was to provide a national demonstration base for future fuel cell vehicle service stations, while transforming Shanghai into a world-class innovation center for the industry.

A mission partially accomplished since the project has, for the moment, unique numbers in the world: in a single day, it can provide up to 500 cars, 100 buses or 300 light commercial vehicles, offering refueling at pressures of 35 megapascals and 70 megapascals.

When fully operational, it will not only support the 20 SAIC buses operating in the region, but also provide services to local businesses. The hydrogen, however, will not be “green”: the base fuel, as one can guess, will be obtained from by-products of the neighboring chemical complex, in what SAIC Motor calls “an active aid to the Shanghai circular economy ”.

For the central government, the new gas station is one of the keys to its strategy dedicated to alternative transport. This is also the context of the plan announced on May 24 to create a hydrogen corridor in the Yangtze Delta region. The corridor will include four highways, each with hydrogen filling stations, in Shanghai and Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui province, which will operate as planned from 2021. Experts estimate that by 2020, there will be at least 10,000 fuel cell cars on Chinese roads and 100 other gas stations.


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