Do you still remember the agreement we reached at Bloomberg Green Festival last December at Bridge 8, Jianguo Road, Shanghai?
After a year of exploration and development, Lin Qi, Chairman and President of REFIRE Group attended the Year Ahead 2023 Summit held by Bloomberg Businessweek/Chinese Edition on December 9 to deliver the keynote speech titled “Creating a Sustainable Future with Hydrogen Technology” and share his insights into the industry and REFIRE’s exploration in promoting the commercial application of hydrogen technology.
Now carbon reduction has become a common goal of mankind, a global action that has never happened in human history before. Carbon emissions are everywhere, just like air. Computers, cups, household appliances and vehicles in our daily life all produce carbon footprints of different scale. Only by understanding the source of carbon emissions and our contribution to carbon emissions, can we find a clear pathway forward and be responsible for our “carbon footprints”.
Robin Lin said, hydrogen energy is abundant, green and safe, thus an ideal alternative to fossil fuel and a vital way out of carbon emission dilemma. “The future of green and sustainable development is our common aspiration. REFIRE Group is pleased to use the innovative media platform to help people better understand the progress of hydrogen technology and its application in every aspect of our life.”
Driven by the national goals of carbon peak and neutrality, the industry has reached a consensus on energy transformation. As such, the hydrogen energy has been increasingly significant to the deep decarbonization of automobile and many other sectors. Thanks to the strong support of the industrial policies introduced by major countries in the world, hydrogen production and hydrogen energy take an increasingly larger share in the energy consumption market. The transportation sector represented by fuel cell vehicles has become the first to achieve breakthroughs in the application of hydrogen energy, followed by energy enterprises, vehicle enterprises, parts enterprises, etc. The coordinated development of the hydrogen ecosystem has been realized, and the fuel cell vehicles have been put in use on a trial basis worldwide.
In its efforts to promote the industrial and commercial development of hydrogen energy, REFIRE Group has been attempting to build the “circle of friends” of hydrogen energy from the very beginning. On the one hand, it has worked with enterprises involving in products, energy and scenarios to bridge technological development with commercial application; and after seven years of exploration and practice, REFIRE Group has become a vital player in the hydrogen energy technology industry that started from scratch. On the other hand, REFIRE Group has driven the development of the upstream and downstream industrial chain, and empowered partners to achieve their ESG goals by focusing on technology, products and applications.
Robin Lin said that REFIRE Group has joined hands with vehicle enterprises to develop over 140 fuel cell vehicle models for different application scenarios and has delivered more than 4,000 fuel cell vehicles. It has business presence in 22 cities in 10 provinces in China and the overseas markets in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Malaysia, Croatia, etc. With the joint efforts of partners, the hydrogen technology products of REFIRE Group have achieved zero-carbon clean kilometrage of more than 140,000,000 km, equivalent to 5,000 round trips from Shanghai to New York, cutting carbon emissions by more than 76,000 tons.
In November, at the EqualOcean Summit for Globalization 2022 (ESG 2022), REFIRE Group, by virtue of its outstanding performance in technological innovation, operation, business opportunities, investment and financing, was recognized as one of the 2022 China New Energy Tech 50 Companies. On December 8, REFIRE Group, by virtue of its excellent performance in promoting the transition to clean energy, was awarded the prize of “2022 Zhiyuan Award – Environmentally Friendly Pioneer Enterprise” by Cailian News Agency.
“Our achievements made in the past seven years are attributed to the joint efforts of every REFIRE employee who bears the sense of mission and responsibility for the environment and sustainable development under the backdrop of energy transformation. Every one of them is resolute and courageous enough to make the impossible possible and move forward firmly towards the target to protect our blue planet,” Robin Lin said.
Bill Gates mentioned in his book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster that some outstanding engineers are developing affordable batteries, that is, the grid-level energy storage batteries, to store enough electricity to support a city when intermittent and seasonal renewable energy is not available.
The future is here. Robin Lin said REFIRE Group will continue to improve products through innovation, build the ecosystem and promote applications. Building on the achievements of 140 million zero-carbon clean kilometrage in the sector of transportation, REFIRE Group will explore the application of hydrogen technology in the fields of shipping, engineering machinery, material handling, distributed power generation, among others, to turn the impossible into possible reality and create a sustainable future.
Founded in 2020, Bloomberg Green is a global media information platform focusing on climate change, energy, sustainable development and ESG. Bloomberg Green Festival is one of the important events of Bloomberg Green. REFIRE Group exhibited its zero-carbon hydrogen fuel cell technology and achievements in the energy theme area of Bloomberg Green Festival 2021. At the “Year Ahead 2023 Summit”, publisher Li Jian, executive editor Fan Rongjing of the business group of Businessweek/Chinese Edition, and Liu Yue, chief executive editor of Bloomberg News in Greater China, together with other media professionals, thinkers, scientists, and entrepreneurs leading the era of environmental protection, were present to discuss how to build a zero-carbon future.
Headquartered in Shanghai with a footprint spanning several global markets, REFIRE is the world’s leading deployer of commercial hydrogen fuel cell technologies. The company specialises in the design, testing, prototyping, application engineering, and production of electrolyser products and integrated fuel cell systems for buses, trucks, specialised vehicles, power machines, stationary power and decentralised grid power products.
As of 2023 Q1, REFIRE fuel cell technologies and products are powering over 4,200 fuel cell vehicles (FCEV) in daily use in 20+ cities around the globe. Combined vehicle mileage exceeds 145 million kilometres.
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