November 10, 2006

China opens first hydrogen fuelling station

Beijing, China – China has opened its first hydrogen refuelling station in Beijing, reports the Green Car Congress, quoting People’s Daily. The station is operated by BP, and is that company’s largest hydrogen station to date; BP has invested a total of US$3.5 million into the project, which is a joint venture with Chinese partner SinoHytec.

The station currently uses transported hydrogen, but will be able to reform syngas, produced from coal, to hydrogen on the site next year.

The station is located in Beijing Hydrogen Park, which includes a research and development centre, refuelling station, fuel-cell garage and maintenance workshop. It will handle several trial programs, including three fuel cell buses from DaimlerChrysler, and fuel the hydrogen vehicle fleet for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

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