The project using solar and wind power to produce hydrogen started construction in Ordos, Inner Mongolia autonomous region. It is being built by Sinopec Star Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Petrochemical Corp, or Sinopec – the refiner by volume and the country’s biggest geothermal developer. The project is Sinopec’s first green hydrogen demonstration project in Inner Mongolia.
The operation of the project consists mainly of five areas: wind and solar power generation, power transmissions and transformations, hydrogen production by electrolysis of water, hydrogen storage, and hydrogen transmissions, according to the company.
The installed design capacity for wind and solar power generation will be 450 megawatts and 270 MW, respectively.
The production capacity of hydrogen through electrolyzed water is 30,000 metric tons per year and the hydrogen storage capacity is 288,000 standard cubic meters, it said.
The total investment of the project is about yuan 5.7bn (USD 848.21M).
When put into production, the project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of 1.43 million tons per year, contribute nearly yuan 600M to local GDP per year, and generate tax revenue of nearly yuan 30M each year, according to the company.
The project is said to further explore the applications scenario of green hydrogen in the coal chemicals industry, the company said.