As one of the most economically developed regions in China, the Yangtze River Delta boasts a solid foundation for industrial development, with a robust automobile sector, outstanding technological innovation ability, and a large pool of high-end talents. Amid China’s pursuit of the 2030/60 carbon reduction goals, the Yangtze River Delta region led by Shanghai has proactively carried out all-round industrial reforms, leading the development of China’s hydrogen energy and fuel cell vehicle industry.
Zhang Hongtao, chief engineer of Shanghai Economic and Information Technology Commission, said that in August 2021, the Shanghai City Cluster was approved as the country’s first demonstration city cluster for the application of fuel cells, and it plans to promote 5,000 fuel cell vehicles in the coming 4 years and make major breakthroughs with a total of 8 key components. Going forward, Shanghai will proactively implement the national industrial development strategy, give full play to its leading role and closely coordinate member cities of 6 major urban clusters, remain dedicated to pursuing “integration” and “high quality”, strive to meet the highest industrial standards and requirements, build fuel cell vehicle industry clusters that are among the largest, the most environmentally-friendly and the most competitive, and seize the “new track” for fuel cell vehicle demonstration and application.
The automobile industry is one of the six key industries Shanghai focuses on during the 14th Five-year Plan period. It is expected that by 2025, the output value of Shanghai’s new energy automobile manufacturing industry will reach about 350 billion yuan, with the proportion of fuel-cell vehicles on further increase. That will boost the transformation of key automobile manufacturers. Guan Weiyong, President of Shanghai Industrial Economics Federation and Shanghai Economic Association Federation, said: “Shanghai Auto Parts Association has seized the opportunity of automobile innovation and development, and led the establishment of the ‘Fuel Cell Expert Committee’, which is an important measure for the development of new energy vehicles.”
Zhang Hongwei, President of Shanghai Auto Parts Industry Association, put forward three requirements for the work of the “Fuel Cell Expert Committee”: (1) tap into innovation resources and the expertise of industry experts to enable collaborative breakthroughs in key generic technologies; (2) promote the coordinated development of industries in the Yangtze River Delta, give full play to the resource advantages of the industrial chain alliance, and jointly carry out scientific and technological innovation and application demonstration programs; (3) members of the expert committee shall vigorously participate in the formulation and revision of various regulations, policies, plans and standards of the Association, and contribute to promoting the development of hydrogen fuel cells in China.
The seminar culminated with the unveiling ceremony of “Fuel Cell Expert Committee” of Shanghai Auto Parts Industry Association and the certification ceremony of fuel cell industry experts. “Fuel Cell Expert Committee” is established under the guidance of Shanghai Economic and Information Technology Commission, with strong support from businesses and many experts and scholars. The first Fuel Cell Expert Committee consists of 26 member institutions, with REFIRE serving as the director member institution. The first “Fuel Cell Industry Expert Team” consists of 29 experts from top universities and research institutions including Tongji University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Donghua University and upstream and downstream businesses in the industry, providing sound intelligence support for innovation based on close collaboration among the industry, universities, research institutions, and application scenarios.
Certification ceremony of the first group of fuel cell industry experts (Swipe for more images)
Lin Qi, Chairman and President of REFIRE, appointed the director of the Fuel Cell Expert Committee, read the “Initiative on Quality Development of Shanghai Fuel Cell Components” and delivered a keynote speech. Lin said that REFIRE was deeply honored to join the Committee and serve as the director member institution, expressing determination to work closely with partners in the fuel cell industry to promote its collaborative development. At present, fuel cell vehicles have entered the demonstration application stage across the world. Hydrogen energy will be applied in every scene of life, on which a global consensus has been reached. In the past few years, REFIRE has also made some remarkable headways. Based on the application in the automotive field, REFIRE is accelerating to search for and verify new possibilities for market growth, such as the overseas automotive markets, domestic construction machinery, ships, hydrogen energy storage and distributed power generation.
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.
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