First combined hydrogen and petrol stations in China opened

Sinopec and Air Liquide have inaugurated two hydrogen stations in Shanghai

Sinopec recycles the former gas station to create a secondary energy complex which combined petrol and hydrogen fueling [Credit: PRNewsfoto/Sinopec]

China Petroleum & Chemical and French company Air Liquide have opened two hydrogen stations. They are the West Shanghai Petrol and Hydrogen Fueling Station and Anzhi Gas and Hydrogen Fueling Station. According to the companies they are the first stations in China to provide combined commercial gas and hydrogen fuel services.

The two hydrogen stations are part of the first project jointly signed by Sinopec and Air Liquide.

Each is equipped with two gasoline tanks, two diesel tanks and four hydrogen tanks, as well as two 12-pump fuel dispensers, two four-pump 35MPa hydrogen dispensers and a reserved 70MPa hydrogen dispenser.

The stations have a daily capacity of 1,000 kilograms to serve public transportation, logistics and passenger vehicles. Each station can fuel 100 cars a day. A full tank can be provided in 4-6 minutes per vehicle, providing a driving distance of 300 to 400 kilometers (186.41-248.55 miles). 

As with many projects in China, this is supported by the state, as part of the "Shanghai Fuel Cell Vehicle Development Plan," and the scheme to develop a 'Hydrogen Corridor' in this critical area for China’s economy. The goal of the city is to complete 50 hydrogen stations by 2025. To achieve this, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical will utilise the land from 580 existing gas stations to fast-track the introduction of a new generation national network of stations covering urban roads and highways.

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