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Plastic Omnium starts construction of Chinese hydrogen storage vessel plant

French automotive supplier Plastic Omnium has started the construction of its hydrogen storage vessel “mega-plant” in China to meet commercial vehicle demand.

The 28,000sq. m. plant, planned for Jiading, Shanghai, plant will produce up to 60,000 hydrogen vessels and high-pressure storage systems for the Chinese commercial vehicle market.

It will be located within the Jiading Hydrogen Park – one of China’s main development hubs which has seen a wealth of hydrogen and fuel cell development in recent years.

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Being carried out through Plastic Omnium’s joint venture with Rein Hytech – PO-Rein – the new development will add to the company’s existing production capacity in Shanghai which kicked off operation this year.

Launched in 2023, the 50/50 joint venture came to life with plans to meet Chinese commercial vehicle demand for hydrogen storage systems.

Laurent Favre, CEO of Plastic Omnium, said the new plant was the “concrete expression” of the joint venture’s ambitions in the Chinese hydrogen mobility market.

“It gives us the production capacity we need to seize every opportunity and become one of the big winners in the transformation of mobility in the country,” Favre added.

Ni Bin, President of Rein Hytech’s parent company Shenergy Group, said PO-Rein’s developments would make a fresh contribution to the growth of the hydrogen industry.

He said, “It will support the construction of Shanghai as a demonstration city for hydrogen energy and set an example for Sino-French commercial and cultural exchanges.”

The Hydrogen Council’s most recent Hydrogen Insights report, said, “The deployment of infrastructure for hydrogen-fuelled mobility is gradually growing, with more than 1,100 hydrogen refuelling stations deployed globally, concentrated in China, South Korea, and Japan.”

According to the report, China alone boasted over 350 hydrogen refuelling station deployments.


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