Vision Fuel Cell Weekly 丨Vision at WBE2023; NASA advances development of low-temperature hydrogen-fuelled airliners; Germany upgrades hydrogen strategy, doubles green hydrogen target

Aug 9, 2023

Industries Dynamic

Vision Battery at 2023 World Battery Industry Expo and the 8th Asia Pacific Battery Expo/Asia Pacific Energy Storage Expo & 2023 World Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry Expo

On August 8, 2023 World Battery Industry Expo and the 8th Asia Pacific Battery Exhibition / Asia Pacific Energy Storage Exhibition & World Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry Expo were held in Guangzhou Canton Fair Complex, and Vision Group presented its latest intelligent and low-carbon energy solutions at E521 of Hall 6.1, and Dr. Chen Hong, CTO of Xiontao Group, was invited to attend the forum and delivered a keynote speech on the topic of "Assisting in the Double Carbon Goal, Vision Hydrogen Energy Promoting Fuel Cell High Quality Development and Application", and discussed the new trend of energy industry development with industry guests.

Germany Upgrades Hydrogen Strategy, Doubles Green Hydrogen Goal

Recently, the German federal government adopted a new version of its national hydrogen strategy, hoping to accelerate the development of Germany's hydrogen economy to help it achieve its 2045 climate neutrality goal.

Germany is seeking to expand its reliance on hydrogen as a future energy source to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from highly polluting industrial sectors such as steel and chemicals, and to reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels.

NASA advances development of cryogenic hydrogen-fuelled airliner

Recently, according to foreign media reports, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) signed an agreement to continue to advance the development of a zero-emission concept airliner, whose concepts use liquid hydrogen as a fuel and coolant for superconducting performance, improved efficiency and reduced weight.

The agreement extends NASA's Centre for Highly Efficient Electrotechnical Aircraft (CHEETA) project under the University Leadership Initiative (ULI) for an additional two years (to begin Phase II). The first phase of the CHEETA project, which started in 2019, was originally scheduled to be completed in June of this year, and CHEETA is also the first ULI project to move into Phase II, it was announced.

The CHEETA project has developed a 180-seat, single-aisle concept airliner scheduled to enter service in 2050. The aircraft features a zero-emission propulsion system, including a liquid hydrogen (LH2) fuel cell, superconducting cables, electronics and electric motors, with liquid hydrogen storage tanks configured above the nacelle.

Airbus, BMW and Quantinuum collaborate to improve fuel cell catalysts

Airbus, BMW and Quantinuum, a quantum computing Quantinuum, are collaborating to improve the chemistry of fuel cell catalysts using quantum computers, it has been learnt. This team reports that they have accurately modelled the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) - the reaction inside a fuel cell that converts hydrogen and oxygen into electricity and water - on the surface of a platinum-based catalyst.

Using Quantum's h-series quantum computers, the team has demonstrated the applicability of quantum computing in industrial workflows to enhance understanding of key chemical reactions and plans to further explore the use of quantum computing to address related industry challenges.

The team hopes that an understanding of ORR reactions can help identify alternative materials that can improve performance and reduce fuel cell production costs.

BMW and Airbus have been looking to use hydrogen and fuel cells in their respective mobile applications. Most recently, BMW launched a pilot fleet of its iX5 hydrogen SAVs with Toyota fuel cells.

Industry Policy

Six Departments, Including the National Standards Commission, Jointly Issue Guidelines for the Construction of Hydrogen Energy Industry Standard System (Version 2023)

On 8 August, the National Standards Committee (NSC), together with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MOE), the Ministry of Emergency Management (MEM), and the National Energy Administration (NEA), jointly issued the "Guidelines for Construction of Hydrogen Energy Industry Standard System (2023 Edition)" (hereinafter referred to as the Guidelines). This is the first guideline for the construction of the standard system for the whole hydrogen energy industry chain at the national level.

The Guide puts forward the focuses of the standardisation and revision work. In terms of foundation and safety, it mainly includes basic common standards such as terminology, graphic symbols, comprehensive evaluation of hydrogen energy, hydrogen quality, common parts, as well as general hydrogen safety standards such as basic requirements for hydrogen safety, pro-hydrogen materials, hydrogen sealing, safety risk assessment, safety protection, monitoring and early warning, emergency response, etc., which are the basic support for hydrogen supply and hydrogen application standards; in terms of hydrogen preparation, it mainly includes hydrogen separation and purification, hydrogen production by water electrolysis, hydrogen production by photolytic water, and hydrogen production by photolysis. hydrogen refuelling, it mainly includes standards for hydrogen refuelling station equipment, systems and operation and safety management, and promotes the formulation and revision of standards related to the safe, reliable and efficient development of hydrogen refuelling stations; in the application of hydrogen energy, it mainly includes standards for hydrogen energy conversion and utilisation equipment and parts such as fuel cells, hydrogen internal combustion engines, hydrogen boilers, hydrogen gas turbines, and the application of hydrogen energy in the fields of transportation, energy storage, power generation and nuclear industry, and promotes the formulation and revision of standards related to new technology, new technology and new technology related to hydrogen energy. The formulation and revision of hydrogen energy related new technologies, new techniques, new methods and safety related standards.

Jiangsu Wuxi Hi-tech Zone: Strive to reach 10 billion hydrogen energy industry scale by 2025

On 7 August, the Administrative Committee of Wuxi High-tech Zone issued a reply letter to Proposal No. 33 of the Second Session of the District Political Consultative Conference. Reply to the "Proposal on the development of medium- and long-term planning for the development of hydrogen energy industry in Xinwu District".

The reply puts forward that Wuxi Hi-tech Zone takes hydrogen energy, photovoltaic and other leading directions, optimises the environment for the development of the hydrogen energy industry, actively carries out research and development of key core technologies, creates a demonstration of the zero-carbon application mode of hydrogen energy, explores the establishment of a strategic alliance of hydrogen energy cities, and strives that by 2025, the scale of the hydrogen energy industry will reach 10 billion.

Accelerate the promotion of technological innovation and research and development. Encourage enterprises to take the initiative to dock the national basic scientific research, core technology research and industrial innovation and development needs, give full play to the technological capital advantages of Bosch, Weifu, LONGi, Hydrogen Conductor and other enterprises, and strive to form a "moat" of technological patents in various segments of the hydrogen energy industry by 2030, so as to make Wuxi Hi-Tech Zone a leader of hydrogen energy technology innovation in China. Wuxi Hi-Tech Zone will become a leader in the field of hydrogen energy technology innovation in China.

Applicable to compressed hydrogen and liquid hydrogen! The Ministry of Communications issued the plan of "Technical Specification for Road Transportation of Hydrogen (Including Liquid Hydrogen)".

On 2 August, the Ministry of Transport issued the Notice on Issuing the 2023 Transportation Standardization Plan (First Batch), including 65 industry standard projects and 6 departmental measurement and verification protocol projects.

It includes a hydrogen industry-related standard "Technical Specification for Road Transport of Hydrogen (Including Liquid Hydrogen)", which intends to stipulate the requirements of transport equipment, transport conditions, transport safety and emergency disposal involved in the road transport of hydrogen. It applies to the road transport operation of transporting compressed hydrogen and refrigerated liquid hydrogen.

Maximum 10 million yuan! Chengdu City Hydrogen Energy Industry High Quality Development Project started to declare!

On 4 August, the Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Economy and Information Technology issued a notice on the organisation of the 2023 Chengdu City Hydrogen Energy Industry High Quality Development Project Declaration.

The notice specifies the support standard as a one-time subsidy of up to RMB 5 million for new construction, reconstruction and expansion of 35MPa stationary hydrogen refuelling stations with a daily hydrogen refuelling capacity of not less than 500kg, based on 30% of the actual investment in construction (excluding land cost). Fixed hydrogen filling station refers to the hydrogen filling station where the investor of the hydrogen filling station (or the operating company specially set up by the investor) obtains the land grant agreement of the station and applies for the hazardous chemical business licence.

For newly built 35MPa temporary hydrogen refuelling stations with a daily refuelling capacity of not less than 500kg and which have been in formal operation (based on the date of the first hydrogen sales invoice) for more than one year, a one-off subsidy of up to RMB 1 million will be granted based on 10 per cent of the actual investment in the construction (excluding the land cost). A temporary hydrogen refuelling station refers to a hydrogen refuelling station for which the investor (or an operating company specifically set up by the investor) has not yet obtained a land grant agreement for the station.