Sinopec is investing $2.8 billion to develop a massive green hydrogen project in Inner Mongolia.
Wind farms will be built onshore, hydrogen electrolysis plants will be built to harness wind energy, and an export pipeline will be built.
Sinopec successfully handed over its first megawatt-scale renewable electricity electrolysis water hydrogen production demonstration plant at the Zhongyuan Oilfield. Building on the project has already been completed.
By generating 1.12 tons of green hydrogen each day and using 25.2 million kWh of renewable electricity per year, the project contributes to the growth of the nation’s hydrogen energy industry.
Using proton membrane electrolysis, the initiative produces hydrogen from water. There is no pollution associated with this method. Electrolysis of water can produce hydrogen at the moment.
As opposed to alkaline electrolysis, proton membrane electrolysis is more “adaptable” for hydrogen production. In addition to making it easier for local consumers to use extremely unstable renewable “green electricity” like wind and photovoltaic energy, the hydrogen production system can also be shut down whenever necessary. The proton exchange membrane electrolysis water hydrogen generation system is the main component of the project, just as the engine of a car is.
The project has the largest water hydrogen generation equipment based on a proton exchange membrane in China. Pure water is used as an electrolyte. No chemicals are used during the electrolysis process, and it is safe and has a high current density. The project’s central device has a 2.5 MW electrolysis capacity. Its hydrogen production efficiency is better because it is China’s biggest single proton exchange membrane electrolysis water hydrogen production device.
This project will utilize a 3.66 MW photovoltaic power station and a 9 MW wind power project to achieve “green energy” to “green hydrogen” without emitting carbon dioxide. Annually, the two hydrogen production auxiliary projects generate approximately 25 million kWh of electricity. Almost all of the photovoltaic support projects have been built.
Sinopec Zhongyuan Oilfield, Qingdao Safety Engineering Research Institute, Guangzhou Engineering Co., Ltd., and Dalian Petrochemical Research Institute coordinate the project. A project operation working group has been established at Zhongyuan Oilfield to improve scientific planning and standardization of construction. To guarantee high-quality project progress, competent technical specialists will be stationed on-site to conduct office work as long as safety, and environmental protection are guaranteed.
During the past few years, Sinopec has accelerated industrial upgrading and energy transformation and actively promoted the development of the hydrogen sector. It has made significant strides in several disciplines, including hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen refuelling stations, hydrogen production technology, and hydrogen storage materials.
With 83 hydrogen refuelling stations, the company has the most in the world. Additionally, it has begun building the largest photovoltaic green hydrogen project in the world, the Xinjiang Kuqa 20,000 tons/year renewable electricity hydrogen production demonstration project. Furthermore, several significant projects in Zhejiang, Fujian, Xinjiang, and Ordos have been promoted.