In this regard, hydrogen fuel cell buses orchestrated by the Beijing Public Transport Group, will ensure that 212 hydrogen fuel cell buses are in operation for the public to watch the sporting occasion, according to Xinhua News Agency.

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Not only will these buses be used in the Yanqing competition area but will also be used in daily operation in the district to decarbonise the mobility sector.

This is not the only use of hydrogen at the Winter Olympics, in 2020 a contract had been announced with Air Liquide to supply hydrogen equipment and build a hydrogen refuelling station to serve fuel cell vehicles during the 2022 Games.

Cummins has also been trialling its hydrogen fuel cells in 74 buses operating on roads in Zhangjiakou, China, as the city prepares for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

With further projects looking to bolster the Chinese hydrogen economy, further use of hydrogen within the 2022 Winter Olympics is expected.

How the Tokyo Olympics has kickstarted the transition to a hydrogen-powered society in Japan

“The 1964 Tokyo Olympics left the Shinkansen high-speed train system as its legacy. The upcoming Olympics will leave a hydrogen society as its legacy.” That’s what then Tokyo Governor Yoichi Masuzoe declared in 2016, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) has been working to make this dream come to fruition ever since.

At the time of writing, we are just weeks away from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Scheduled to originally take place in 2020 but postponed due to Covid-19, the Games will take place from July 23 – August 8. It will be the first time that hydrogen will take centre stage at a major sporting event of such magnitude, throwing a spotlight on hydrogen to an audience of billions around the world.

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