China State Power in $6 billion hydrogen investment

China’s State Power Investment Corp has unveiled a 42 billion yuan (equivalent to some $6 billion) investment plan in northeast China to produce fuel from hydrogen produced from wind power, according to reports.

The $5.85 billion projects include a 3.5 gigawatt wind power plant, a 164,000 metric ton per year hydrogen-making facility and 400,000 tpy each of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and methanol, will be built in Qiqihaer city of Heilongjiang province, according to a report carried on the city’s official WeChat platform.

SPIC will first build a 10,000-tpy pilot plant making SAF from wind power based hydrogen applying technology from Tsing Energy Development Co, the report said, billing the project the first of its kind in China.

It is understood that the innovative technology involves blending hydrogen with carbon dioxide derived from corn-based ethanol.

Once the pilot project becomes successful it will be expanded to 400,000 tons annually by around 2030.

In March, China unveiled a green hydrogen development plan as part of its 2060 Net-Zero drive that projects the production of 100,000–200,000 metric tonnes of green hydrogen per annum by 2025 – figures viewed as selling short the country’s true ambitions in the area.