Air Products has partnered with Chengzhi Shareholding Co. Ltd., a Chinese state-owned high-tech industry group, to accelerate transport decarbonization in China’s Yangtze River Delta. The two companies, through their joint venture, have launched their first commercial-scale hydrogen fueling station in Changshu city, Jiangsu province, capable of fueling city buses and heavy-duty trucks in logistics.
Under service contracts, the station fuels hydrogen fuel cell trucks of various multinational and domestic companies, including Budweiser China, Yum China, the logistics service provider of Nestle China and JD Logistics, to pilot zero-emission logistics operations. These include a 49-ton heavy-duty hydrogen fuel cell truck of Budweiser running between Nantong and Suzhou in East China which has recently logged over 10,000 safe kilometers.
Since the “Changshu Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (HFCV) Industry Development Plan” was issued in 2019, Changshu has been actively pushing for HFCV development and initially formed a relatively complete industrial chain to link into the hydrogen corridor construction in the Yangtze River Delta Region. The city is part of the Shanghai cluster for the national HFCV demonstration project.
With more than 60 years of hydrogen experience, Air Products works across all facets of the hydrogen value chain, including production, distribution, storage, and dispensing and has been a pioneer in hydrogen fueling for decades. As global leader in hydrogen production, Air Products has hands-on operating experience with more than 250 hydrogen fueling station projects in 20 countries, and its fueling technologies are used in over 1.5 million fueling operations annually.
As one of the first multinational gas companies to enter China, the company has participated in several hydrogen demonstration projects. These include the country’s first hydrogen fueling station for 2008 Beijing Olympics, the first 70MPa station project in Zhangjiakou for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, China Energy Investment Corporation Limited’s first hydrogen fueling station, and Shandong province’s first stationary hydrogen fueling station with both 35MPa and 70MPa fueling.