China International Import Expo (CIIE) is a major step taken by China to firmly support free trade and economic globalization, and to actively open its market to the world. On November 5, 2021, this large-scale national exhibition witnessed its 4th grand event. As the first CIIE after the initial year of implementing carbon neutrality goal, “green” and “low-carbon” have become key words of the year. In his keynote speech at the opening ceremony, President Xi Jinping mentioned four “commitments”, including that China will take an active part in discussing topics related to green and low-carbon development and in coping with climate change.
The Green-themed CIIE
The energy industry shall bear responsibility to get the world out of the dependence on fossil fuels, and to promote further development of climate action. The transformation of China’s energy industry will not only exert a profound impact on its decarbonation goal, i.e., carbon peak and carbon neutrality, and sustainable development, but the implementation of global climate action as well.
One week before the CIIE opening ceremony, the State Council issued the Action Plan for Carbon Dioxide Peaking Before 2030 (hereinafter referred to as Action Plan), laying importance on carbon peak during the 14th Five-Year Plan period and the 15th Five-Year Plan period, and proposing major objectives, for example, to raise the share of non-fossil fuels in total energy consumption, improve energy efficiency, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Unlike previous years, a special exhibition zone for low-carbon energy and environmental protection technology has been newly added to the Intelligent Industry and Information Technology exhibition area. With the theme of “low-carbon development, green recovery”, the exhibition area has gathered global resource advantages, and built an international exchange platform, making great contributions to China’s transformation and upgrading of low-carbon energy.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell: A Road to Decarbonation
The 4th CIIE saw enterprises upstream and downstream of the hydrogen energy industry chain gather together and make discussions. From unmanned transport vehicles, off-road special vehicles to racing cars, applications of hydrogen energy get more closely related with us. As an industry consensus, hydrogen fuel cell is an important approach to achieve “a low-carbon means of transport” according to the Action Plan, especially in areas where reducing carbon dioxide is difficult, such as heavy commercial vehicles. Over the past six years, REFIRE Technology has constantly made innovations in the power system of commercial vehicles, and kept exploring diversified commercial application scenarios for fuel cell technology, such as industrial products transportation, inter-city high-speed logistics, freight rail and slag transportation. Compared with the predecessors, the latest 130kW high-power PRISMA XII+ fuel cell system, which is independently developed in view of various application scenarios, has significantly improved several key technical indicators, further strengthening the durability, reliability and safety of fuel cell system.
The maturity of fuel cell technology provides huge potential for fuel cell heavy-duty trucks to replace diesel and pure electric heavy-duty trucks in the long term
Robin Lin, President and CEO of REFIRE Group and CTO of REFIRE Technology, said that many countries have currently prioritized fuel cell commercial vehicles to promote the large-scale development, and that in the long run, the vision of REFIRE technology is to “bring hydrogen energy and fuel cell into life and creating a sustainable future for the planet.”
Robin Lin is being interviewed at REFIRE Group booth at the CIIE
When talking about how to achieve decarbonation goal in his interview, Robin Lin said, “we will continue to develop sustainable and intelligent product technologies and solutions suitable for diversified commercial application scenarios, deeply get involved in China’s economic structure of ‘dual circulation’, and actively implement green development plan to make contributions to reach decarbonation.
A multi-pronged approach is required to overcome the crisis. At this CIIE, REFIRE technology booth has attracted high attention from government institutions, partners upstream and downstream in the hydrogen industry, news media and the public. All the innovators and supporters of “hydrogen economy” exchange ideas on hydrogen fuel cell technology upgrading and commercial application scenarios at the CIIE and in REFIRE Technology booth, giving a great space for future development.
Headquartered in Shanghai, REFIRE is the world’s leading deployer of commercial hydrogen fuel cell zero-emissions technologies. The company specialises in designing, testing, prototyping, application engineering and in integrated fuel cell systems for buses, trucks, specialised vehicles, power supply units, and marine applications.
As of Q1 2021, REFIRE fuel cell technologies and products are powering over 2,700 fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) in daily use in 15 cities across China, as well as various projects in five other countries. To date, combined vehicle mileage exceeds 63 million kilometres.
Marketing & Communications Department, REFIRE