- A huge solar and wind hybrid power project has been approved in Inner Mongolia, China.
According to a report from the Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association, Inner Mongolia’s Energy Administration has approved a cluster of plants in Ordos and Baotou that will generate 66,900 tons of green hydrogen each year using solar power and wind energy. According to the association, work will start in October and the projects will be completed by mid-2023. There was no information provided on cost or developers.
BloombergNEF analyst Xiaoting Wang says the project will produce enough hydrogen to displace 180 million gallons of gasoline annually if used in fuel cell vehicles. An article published on Wednesday by Securities Daily says China’s booming hydrogen industry still faces bottlenecks, including issues with storing and using fuel.
More than 80% of the power generated at the Inner Mongolian development will be used for green hydrogen production. Several Chinese solar-green hydrogen projects have been announced, but the majority will focus on electricity generation first, Wang said. The hydrogen component is just a window dressing to help get approval, he added.