CHINA, the second largest economy in the world, has become the world’s largest producer and consumer of energy. Instead of depending heavily on fossil fuels, China is turning to hydrogen - the greater use of which as a power source may help address the country’s energy concerns.
To advance a hydrogen-powered economy, several barriers first need to be overcome. Currently there is a lack of economically-viable and environment-friendly methods to produce, store, and transport hydrogen; there is a need to expand the hydrogen refilling infrastructure and applications; more targeted policy and regulatory frameworks for hydrogen-based technical solution must be developed; and the public’s awareness and knowledge on hydrogen needs to be increased.
The Government of China aims to establish a hydrogen economy “demonstration city” by piloting the use of hydrogen-based solutions in industry, transportation, and power. With the support of UNDP, the project would address each of the concerns mentioned above. The project will establish a replicable model of a hydrogen-powered city and demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of various hydrogen-based clean technology solutions.
On October 23-25, Rugao, UNDP’s first Hydrogen Economy Demonstration City, will host the 3rd International Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Congress (FCVC 2018), a premier international summit, which includes an Innovation Exhibition and Technical Tours. Since its launch in 2016, the FCVC has brought together global business leaders and technology developers at the vanguard of HFC innovation to foster worldwide collaboration across the FCV value chain. The 2017 event attracted 1,126 delegates, including 53 distinguished speakers and 376 senior government officers and business executives from 21 countries. At the Innovation Exhibition, Hyundai, Toyota and Honda made their FCV joint-debut in China, and a test drive alongside SAIC Motor.
For more information about FCVC, please visit www.fcvc.org.cn.