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New hydrogen station opens in Beijing, China
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New hydrogen station opens in Beijing, China

A brand-new hydrogen station is now operational in Beijing, China – and it’s believed to be the largest in the world, boasting a capacity of nearly five tonnes per day.

Open from today (July 8), the station is owned and operated by Beijing Hypower Energy Technology as part of the 200,000 square-meter Beijing International Hydrogen Energy Demonstration Zone.

Capable of refuelling 600 hydrogen fuel cell vehicles a day, the facility features eight hydrogen dispenser units which were supplied and installed by Air Liquide Houpu Hydrogen Equipment.

Air Liquide Houpu also provided commissioning and training services to the station’s employees to ensure smooth operation.

Commenting on the installation, François Abrial, Member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising Asia Pacific, said, “We are proud to contribute to the construction of the world’s largest hydrogen station by leveraging Air Liquide’s state-of-art technology.

“We are convinced that hydrogen will play a key role in the transition to a low-carbon society. We will continue to work with our partners to develop the hydrogen energy infrastructure network in China and support its ambition for hydrogen mobility.”

Air Liquide has said it will continue to contribute to the progress of hydrogen mobility in China and low-carbon industrial hydrogen, investing in the development and construction of stations, while accelerating the development of local low-carbon hydrogen production in key areas.

Zha Zhiwei, Chairman of Beijing Hypower Energy Technology, added, “Air Liquide boasts rich experience in the whole value chain of hydrogen energy. With its hydrogen equipment and installation service, Air Liquide Houpu has played a fundamental role in building the Daxing hydrogen refuelling station, the biggest in the world.

“We look forward to deepening cooperation with Air Liquide to contribute to the deployment of hydrogen refuelling stations and energy transition in China.”

12 Days of Content: Air Liquide

Over the past 10 years, Air Liquide has invested more than €500m in hydrogen energy. The French industrial gas giant is never far from the headlines when it comes to hydrogen, making several announcements in 2020 as part of its commitment to the clean energy.

From production and storage, to supply chain and into applications, Air Liquide has a ubiquitous presence in the global hydrogen economy, contributing to the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy source, for mobility in particular. The company has designed and installed more than 120 hydrogen stations around the world to date.

Here’s Pierre-Etienne Franc, Vice-President of Hydrogen Energy at Air Liquide, to tell us more about the exciting things that Air Liquide has been involved in this year, in the latest instalment of H2 View’s A Christmas Twist: The 12 Days of Content.

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