The project is being developed as part of a joint venture between Shell (China) and Zhangjiakou City Transport Construction Investment aiming to introduce green hydrogen as a means to power several utilities and applications at the Winter Olympics 2022.

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With this, the electrolyser will supply around half of the total green hydrogen supply for fuel cell vehicles in the Zhangjiakou competition zone during the Winter Olympic Games, set to begin on February 4, 2022.

In order to supply the hydrogen, Shell has implemented a 20MW electrolyser in addition to several hydrogen refuelling stations to enable the successful deployment of fuel cell vehicles with the companies also having plans to scale this to 60MW in the next two years.

Utilising onshore wind power, the project will initially supply green hydrogen to fuel a fleet of more than 600 fuel cell vehicles at the Zhangjiakou competition zone during the Winter Olympic Games.

After that, the hydrogen will be used for public and commercial transport in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, helping to decarbonise its mobility sector.

Wael Sawan, Director of Integrated Gas, Renewable and Energy Solutions, at Shell, 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.”

Bai Jing, Director of Zhangjiakou Municipal Development and Reform Commission, said,“The hydrogen industry is critical for Zhangjiakou’s transition to low-carbon energy and to achieve the city’s carbon peak and carbon neutrality targets.

“The recent approval of the Hebei Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration City Cluster, which is led by our city, will also accelerate the development of the hydrogen industry in our city.

“This project will help secure hydrogen supply for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and make it a green one while contribute to the development of hydrogen industry in the city and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region.”


Making hydrogen happen

This March, H2 View will explore A Climate for Action and Investment in Europe in an immersive virtual event that features some of the leading stakeholders and influencers in hydrogen, including a Women in Green Hydrogen panel.

Confirmed speakers include the Hydrogen Europe, Clean Hydrogen Partnership, FiveT Hydrogen, Airbus, Nel, BMW, Michelin and more.

Further information on the event, agenda and confirmed speakers can be found here.

To book your ticket for €79, click here.