China is building the world’s largest ‘green hydrogen’ industry

China: China is building the largest solar-powered “green hydrogen” plant in Xinjiang as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions, according to state media.

The Kuka project in the south of the region uses renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power to produce hydrogen, which can then be liquefied and shipped long distances via gas pipelines, which helps the most against power shortages in crowded areas. . Country.

The facility was built as part of the country’s plan to keep carbon dioxide emissions to a minimum. Its objective is to produce 20,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year.

“Green hydrogen” is made by splitting water into its two constituent elements, hydrogen and oxygen, using electricity generated from renewable resources.

This clean energy source aims to replace “grey hydrogen”, which uses fossil fuels instead of renewable fuels, and is expected to reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by around 500,000 tonnes, according to a report from the chain. public broadcaster CCTV on Thursday.

According to the broadcaster, the solar panels will cover an area of ​​more than 630 hectares (1,560 acres) or more than 900 football pitches. The site is currently under construction.

“The Xinjiang region is rich in solar resources, which makes it an ideal place to study green hydrogen production. According to Cao Jie, a Sinopec official at the site, the cost of producing hydrogen here from photovoltaic electrolysis is only 18 yuan ($2.67) per kilogram.

Another director of the state-owned energy giant, Ling Yiqun, said: “We believe that by changing from gray hydrogen to green hydrogen, the entire oil industry will be a market of a size over 100 billion yuan ($14.8 billion). Prepare for the future.”

According to Li Bo of the National Energy Administration who spoke with CCTV, hydrogen batteries have advantages when used in vehicles due to their high performance and wide operating range.
Hydrogen is estimated to cost less because it is used more frequently and can generate the same amount of heat per kilogram (1 gallon) of gasoline.

Beijing unveiled a plan to boost green hydrogen production earlier this month.

According to Dai Jianfeng, deputy chief engineer of the Electric Power Planning Design General Institute, “Hydrogen production from water electrolysis will become the biggest load in the electric system, accounting for more than 20% of the total energy consumption,” he told CCTV.

A researcher from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said last month that hydrogen could help balance the country’s geographical disparity in energy production and consumption.

In a recent article published in the journal Industry Perspectives, Cui Zhiguang noted that “renewable energy resources are concentrated in northwest China, while power-intensive factories and most battery-powered vehicles fuel are located in the eastern part”.

Energy shortages in eastern China could be reduced by sending additional power west through the country’s existing gas pipelines, once converted to hydrogen

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