In late April, Beijing SinoHytec Co., Ltd. (SinoHytec) and Chengdu Economic and Technological Development Zone (CETDZ) reached a consensus, under which SinoHytec will cooperate with relevant local enterprises to promote the network construction of hydrogen refuelling stations in Chengdu and the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles.
Li Yunze, deputy governor of the People’s Government of Sichuan Province, Teng Zhongping, deputy secretary general of the People’s Government of Sichuan Province, and representatives of the provincial and municipal governments joined the signing ceremony.
On the day before the ceremony, interested parties met for a special colloquium at which Zhang Guoqiang, Chairman of SinoHytec, introduced the company’s research and development capability and progress of industrialization in the field of fuel cell engines. An in-depth discussion on how to promote the development of hydrogen energy industry in Chengdu also took place.
As an important node for “The Belt and Road” plan, Sichuan Province has a unique advantage in the development of the hydrogen energy industry. First of all, Sichuan Province is China’s largest hydropower base. It is also rich in natural gas, wind power and photovoltaic resources. There is a solid foundation for hydrogen production industry using renewable energies. Secondly, Sichuan Province has a relatively complete automobile industry chain with OEMs such as FAW Toyota, Geely and ZEV. At the same time, as the leader of economic development and an important transportation hub of Western China, Sichuan Province is a huge potential market for fuel cell vehicles.
SinoHytec has been committed to the development and industrialization of fuel cell engines for several years. At present, the new generation of domestic fuel cell engines has commenced mass production. It has already met the 2020 technical requirements of China for a commercial vehicle fuel cell system, two years ahead of schedule, and reached the international mainstream level. The company actively promotes demonstration operations in Beijing, Shanghai, Zhangjiakou, Zhengzhou, Suzhou, etc. The cumulative mileage of models with fuel cell engines has reached several millions of kilometers, and the maximum mileage of single vehicle has exceeded 80,000 kilometers.
Along with the launching of the project and the integration of technology and resources, a fuel cell industry base for the midwest and the southwest region in “The Belt and Road” is expected to prosper rapidly. This will greatly accelerate the development of the local hydrogen energy industry and the upgrading of the local automobile industry structure. And it will also drive the continuous growth and expansion of the hydrogen energy industry in the central and western regions.