China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) has launched its first green hydrogen project in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the Inner Mongolia Erdos Wind-Solar Green Hydrogen Project, on February 16 in Beijing, Hohhot, and Erdos.
The Inner Mongolia Erdos Wind-Solar Green Hydrogen Project will utilize the rich solar and wind energy resources in the Erdos region to produce green hydrogen directly. The Project is claimed to reach an annual production capacity of 30,000 tons of green hydrogen and 240,000 tons of green oxygen. This will be used for the carbon reduction initiatives of the adjacent ZTHC Energy intensive coal processing pilot project in Erdos.
The Project, the world’s largest in the green hydrogen coal-chemical field, is a milestone in Sinopec’s hydrogen development roadmap following its green hydrogen pilot project in Kuqa Xinjiang in 2021. It will further expand China’s global green hydrogen production capacity, promote the development of the green hydrogen industry chain and advance China’s green energy goals.
The Project’s scope covers wind and photovoltaic power generation, power transmission and transformation, hydrogen production by water electrolysis, hydrogen storage and transport. The installed power-generating capacity of wind and PV power will reach 450 megawatts and 270 megawatts, respectively. The hydrogen production by water electrolysis will achieve a capacity of 30,000 tons annually, and the hydrogen storage capacity will reach 288,000 standard cubic meters.
The Project is estimated to reduce carbon emissions by 1.43 million tons annually. It has achieved numerous technological breakthroughs, including hydrogen production under renewable fluctuating power conditions. Sinopec leveraged advanced clean energy production technologies, lowering hydrogen production costs and improving system efficiency while guaranteeing safety and reliability.