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Report: Wuhan to build itself into a “hydrogen city”

Xinhua reports that Wuhan, capital city of central China’s Hubei Province in Central China, will build itself into a “hydrogen city” through developing a hydrogen energy industry, according to a city development plan.

The city will advance hydrogen production, storage and transport, and improve hydrogen infrastructure, along with a hydrogen energy industrial park gathering more than 100 fuel cell automakers and related enterprises, according to the plan as reported by Xinhua.

The city will build up to 20 hydrogen fueling stations from 2018 to 2020 to support approximately 3,000 hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles.

Wuhan is targeting 3 to 5 “world-leading” hydrogen enterprises and 30 to 100 hydrogen fueling stations by 2025; annual production value of hydrogen fuel cells will exceed $15.6 billion.

Wuhan, which sits on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River (the province is home to the massive Three Gorges Dam), is home to a number of automakers, including Dongfeng Motor Corporation.



Wuhan should be rivalling Los Angeles as an epicentre for fuel cell vehicles by 2020.


Based on China reputation for ultra quick introduction of new technologies, this could be a major boast for near future H2 industries, lower cost H2 and various size affordable FCEVs.


Okay, this gives us some idea of the capacity of a hydrogen fueling station:  on the order of 150 vehicles per station (3000 / 20).

That makes the California price of $2 million per station $13,000 per vehicle supported.  This is in addition to the cost of the vehicles and the hydrogen to feed them.


Oddly, hydrogen stations can be and are being built in different sizes, and the early ones are disproportionately expensive for their size.

It makes more sense initially to build more low volume pumps, so as to give wider geographical coverage, swapping them out for larger ones as volume picks up.

Perfectly standard infrastructure development, but it seems some do not know how it works.


Mass produced, transportable, much lower cost, made in Asia/China, clean H2 stations could quickly solve the current over priced of H2 stations, with clean surplus REs.

USA/Canada could produce enough low cost transportable clean H2 with Solar, Wind and Hydro energies to progressively supply enough clean H2 for large FCEVs fleet, specially during off-peak demand hours, i.e. during about 18 to 19 hours/day in many places.

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