On the afternoon of March 31, 2020, in warm applause, Tan Xuguang, Chairman of Weichai Group announced: “Weichai’s 20,000 hydrogen fuel cell engine plants officially put into operation!”
This is a key step for Weichai’s hydrogen fuel cell business to move towards world-class commercialization, and lay a solid industrial foundation for Shandong Province to build a “green power hydrogen city”.
Seize the global opportunity in the hydrogen energy industry
Weichai ’s 20,000 hydrogen fuel cell engine plant was formally put into operation, which is the official delivery of a major national fuel cell project and a major achievement in the conversion of old and new projects in Shandong Province.
In 2018, Weichai started the fuel cell industrial park construction project. After more than a year of construction, the project construction was completed, and a complete set of R & D tests covering key materials for fuel cells, single cells, battery stacks, engines, powertrains and vehicles were completed. The platform has a complete fuel cell system and vehicle evaluation capabilities. It has built a fuel cell engine and stack production line with a capacity of 20,000 sets. It is currently the largest hydrogen fuel cell engine manufacturing base in the world.
It is reported that today’s offline hydrogen fuel cell engine will be delivered to domestic bus companies in batches. After the completion of the assembly of the vehicle, it will be concentrated in the Weifang bus market for a larger-scale demonstration operation.
As a “leader” in the demonstration and application of hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicles nationwide, since 2019, Weichai has successfully launched hydrogen fuel cell buses in Shandong Weifang, Liaocheng, Jining, Jinan and other places. With the help of Weichai, Shandong Province has built three skid-mounted hydrogen refueling stations, one 1000kg fixed hydrogen refueling station, seven bus operation lines, and successively put in more than 200 hydrogen fuel cell buses. 1.2 million kilometers. Weichai became one of the companies with the largest number of regional hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicle demonstration products.
The hydrogen energy industry is a globally emerging and strategic industry that represents the direction of future technological changes and energy development. In recent years, the Shandong Provincial Government has taken the development of hydrogen energy as an important measure to accelerate the conversion of new and old kinetic energy and seize the commanding heights of new energy technologies and has successively started demonstration construction of “green power hydrogen cities” in many cities in the province. Based on the abundant hydrogen energy resources of Shandong Peninsula, Weichai leveraged its own high-end equipment manufacturing and fuel cell advantages of the entire industrial chain to actively promote the landing of the hydrogen energy industry in Shandong.
With the support of the Shandong Provincial Party Committee and the Provincial Government, Weichai promoted the deployment of the new energy industry by building up the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell engine manufacturing base in Weifang, Shandong; building a world-class new energy technology innovation center, and building a Thousands of people’s new energy R & D team; Established a cutting-edge technological innovation center around the world, focused on the development of key technologies for fuel cells, and cooperated with the vehicle industry resources of the Shandong Heavy Industry Group to promote the breakthrough of core technologies in the entire new energy industry chain.
At the same time, Weichai has undertaken a number of national key research and development projects and cooperated with Tsinghua University, Tongji University, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yutong Bus, Zhongtong Bus, Shaanxi Heavy Duty Automobile, and other colleges and universities to carry out technical research, Significant progress and breakthroughs have been made in the battery’s key technologies, evaluations, processes, and manufacturing.
After several layouts, Weichai’s new energy blueprint is beginning to take shape. Not only has it mastered the three core technologies of future new energy commercial vehicles such as hydrogen fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, HPDI natural gas engines, but also established a “single battery -Electric reactor-engine-whole vehicle “hydrogen fuel commercial vehicle entire industry chain, the first to explore the creation of the hydrogen industry” Shandong model “, adding a beautiful business card for the conversion of old and new kinetic energy in Shandong.