Dalian, a Chinese northeast city in Liaoning province, has officially put the first batch of ten hydrogen-powered fuel cell buses in operations, H2 Bulletin reports.
The hydrogen buses were officially launched on 30th March and will run daily, covering two bus routes from the Dalian Free Trade Zone (FTZ) to Dongfeng Nissan and Dalian University.
The Dalian Jiaoyun Group would operate the new energy vehicles buses. The company will use digital technology to monitor the vehicles’ operation and maintenance; and will collect data for research and analysis purposes.
Last year, the local government in Dalian made a major strategic decision to set up the hydrogen energy industry. It started working on developing the hydrogen energy policy and exploring the required infrastructure and applications. The city also plans to develop a high-purity, low-cost hydrogen purification plant with an annual production capacity of 50,000 tonnes/year of hydrogen to power 5,000 hydrogen fuel cell commercial vehicles.
On 1st April 2021, Dalian Free Trade Zone, Hunchun International Cooperation Demonstration Zone, and Sinopec Fuel Oil Sales Co., Ltd. jointly signed a strategic cooperation agreement to promote hydrogen, among other areas.
Meanwhile, Sinopec has also started the construction of its first hydrogen, electricity, oil, gas and photovoltaic (PV) joint station in the Dalian Free Trade Zone. The hydrogen refuelling station will have a capacity of 500kg/12h. There are around five hydrogen refuelling stations planned for Dalian Free Trade Zone over the next five years.