Air Products, a supplier of hydrogen and hydrogen for mobility solutions, has partnered with Chengzhi Shareholding Co. Ltd., a Chinese state-owned high-tech industry group, under a joint venture (JV) to decarbonize the transport industry in China’s Yangtze River Delta.
As a result of the JV, the two companies have launched their first commercial-scale hydrogen fueling station capable of fueling city buses and heavy-duty trucks in Changshu city, Jiangsu province.
"Chengzhi shares Air Products' commitment to China's net-zero transition and is pleased to extend our long-term partnership to support green transportation by leveraging the strengths of both companies,” commented Wei Junmin, President of Chengzhi. “We look forward to deepening our collaboration to accelerate the development of hydrogen vehicles and the hydrogen value chain."
Under service contracts, the station fuels hydrogen fuel cell trucks from various multinational and domestic companies piloting zero-emission logistics operations. This includes Budweiser China, Yum China, and the logistics service provider for Nestle China and JD Logistics.
"Hydrogen plays a key role in decarbonizing transportation. Air Products is honored to leverage our experience and technologies, join forces with Chengzhi and support the customers' pilot projects to drive net-zero transition in China's mobility sector. The Changshu station is part of our strategy to support the commercialization of hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicles," said Saw Choon Seong, China President at Air Products.
As one of the first multinational gas companies to enter China, Air Products has participated in several other hydrogen projects throughout the country. This includes a hydrogen fueling station for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a 70MPa station project in Zhangjiakou for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.