A 500MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser plant will in 2023 be operational in Foshan, Guangdong Province, China, thanks to a new hydrogen-focused joint venture formed between Cummins and China Petrochemical.
Titled Cummins Enza, the equally owned entity will invest $47m in the new manufacturing facility as its looks to accelerate the affordability and availability of green hydrogen through technological innovation research and development, and manufacturing capacity.
On the formation, Amy Davis, Vice-President and President of New Power at Cummins, said, “China’s embrace of green hydrogen is a breakthrough for the planet, and Cummins and Sinopec joining together to realise the potential of green hydrogen is a huge leap forward for scaling our innovative PEM electrolyser systems.
“Cummins was one of the first multinational companies to establish an entity in China in 1979, and we are thrilled to now use our deep roots and localised expertise to be at the forefront of the country’s energy transformation. This joint venture brings together Cummins’ and Sinopec’s innovative spirits and pursuit of a more sustainable tomorrow, enabling a carbon-free economy.”
Through its efforts, Cummins Enza will also offer electrolysers for both small-scale hydrogen production, such as a hydrogen fuelling system for on-site hydrogen generation as well as for large-scale hydrogen generation installations capable of 100MW and beyond.
Zhou Yuxuan, General Manager of Enze Fund and Chairman of the joint venture, added, “Green hydrogen is the ultimate technology of the hydrogen energy industry in the future. Both grey and blue hydrogen technologies (grye hydrogen with carbon capture technology) are just a transition. We will use Sinopec’s current industry resources and lay out the green hydrogen industry chain to achieve greater progress.”