China is building the largest "green hydrogen" industry in the world

China: China is building the world's largest solar-powered "green hydrogen" factory in Xinjiang as part of its efforts to cut carbon emissions, according to state media.

The Kuka Project in the south of the region uses renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power to produce hydrogen, which can then be liquefied and shipped over long distances via natural gas pipelines, the most Assists in the fight against energy shortages in overpopulated areas. Country.

The facility was built as part of the country's plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at their peak. It aims to produce 20,000 tonnes of hydrogen annually.

"Green hydrogen" is made by splitting water into its two constituent elements, hydrogen and oxygen, using electricity generated from renewable resources.

This clean energy source aims to replace "gray hydrogen," which uses fossil fuels instead of renewable fuels, and should reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by about 500,000 tons, according to a report by state broadcaster CCTV on Thursday.

According to the broadcaster, the solar panels will cover an area larger than 630 hectares (1,560 acres) or more than 900 soccer fields. The site is currently under construction.

“The Xinjiang region is rich in sunlight resources, which makes it an ideal location to investigate green hydrogen production. According to Cao Jie, a Sinopec manager at the job site, the cost of hydrogen production here from photovoltaic electrolysis is only 18 yuan (US$2.67) per kilogram.

Another manager of the state-owned energy giant, Ling Yiqun, said: "We estimate that by switching from gray to green hydrogen, the entire petroleum industry will be a market with a size of more than 100 billion yuan (US$14.8 billion). Will prepare the future."

According to Li Bo of the National Energy Administration who spoke to CCTV, hydrogen fuel batteries have advantages when used in vehicles due to their high performance and wide operating range.
Hydrogen is estimated to cost less because it is used more frequently and can generate the same amount of heat per kilogram (1 gallon) of gasoline.

Beijing unveiled a plan to boost production of green hydrogen earlier this month.

According to Dai Jianfeng, deputy chief engineer of the Electric Power Planning Design General Institute, "hydrogen generation from water electrolysis will become the largest load of the power system, accounting for more than 20% of the total power consumption," he told CCTV.

A researcher at the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology claimed last month that hydrogen could help balance the country's geographical disparity in energy production and consumption.

In a recent paper published in the journal Industry Perspectives, Cui Zhiguang noted that "renewable energy resources are concentrated in northwest China, while high energy consumption plants and most fuel cell battery vehicles are located in the eastern part."

Energy shortages in East China could be reduced by sending additional energy to the West via the country's existing natural gas pipelines, once converted to hydrogen

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