Driven by climate, energy and industrial policy objectives, hydrogen and fuel cell applications are being developed and promoted in China as key future technologies. A particular focus of the developments, which are largely directed by the central government, lies in the mobility sector, where hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, just like battery vehicles, are considered New Energy Vehicles (NEV) and are receiving equivalent support. Additional infrastructure funding is developing the market landscape in China in an accordingly dynamic manner.
There are currently several suppliers who already produce fuel cell buses and light trucks in small series. A first mass-produced passenger car model has already been trialled in test operation, and its market launch has been announced for the end of 2020. In the long term, the required hydrogen is to be produced from electricity generated by means of renewable energies. The first power-to-gas demonstration plants using electricity from wind power and photovoltaics are already being planned or implemented.
This latest factsheet from NOW GmbH provides a comprehensive overview of the political framework conditions and funding opportunities in the People’s Republic of China, presents figures on fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen filling stations, and give an outline of strategic collaborations and alliances as well as details on important areas of action.