The project, which will produce green hydrogen by splitting water molecules with electricity from onshore wind farms, will provide about half of the total green hydrogen supply for fuel cell vehicles during the Games, which start on February 4.
Chinese officials have said all 26 Olympic venues in Beijing and Hebei province would be 100% powered by renewable energy, while more than 700 hydrogen-fuelled vehicles will also be deployed.
“This project will help secure hydrogen supply for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and make it a green one while contributing to the development of hydrogen industry in the city and the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region,” Bai Jing, a Zhangjiakou city government official, said.
The project is part of a joint venture between Shell China and Zhangjiakou City Transport Construction Investment Holding Group and is Shell’s first commercial hydrogen project in China.
- Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard