Solar green hydrogen, Sinopec takes a key step
On November 30, 2021, Sinopec held a cloud launch ceremony in Beijing, Urumqi and Kuche, Xinjiang, announcing the official start of construction of Sinopec Xinjiang Kuche Green Hydrogen Demonstration Project, the first 10,000-ton photovoltaic green hydrogen demonstration project in China. This is the world’s largest PV green hydrogen production project under construction, with an annual production capacity of 20,000 tons of green hydrogen after it is put into operation. It is also a concrete action of Sinopec to help achieve the national goal of “double carbon” and practice green low-carbon development, which is of great significance to promote the development of the green hydrogen industry chain, advance the transformation and upgrading of the energy industry, promote the economic and social development of the Xinjiang region and guarantee national It is of great significance to promote the development of the green hydrogen industry chain, promote the transformation and upgrading of the energy industry, promote the economic and social development of Xinjiang region and ensure national energy security.
Xinjiang Kuche Green Hydrogen Demonstration Project is the first project in China to produce hydrogen directly from photovoltaic power generation on a large scale, with a total investment of nearly US$400 million. The project will include a new photovoltaic power plant with an installed capacity of 300 MW and an average annual power generation capacity of 618 million kWh, an electrolytic water hydrogen production plant with an annual capacity of 20,000 tons, a hydrogen storage spherical tank with a storage capacity of about 210,000 standard cubic meters, a hydrogen transmission pipeline with a capacity of 28,000 standard cubic meters per hour and supporting transmission and substation facilities. The project is expected to be completed and put into operation in June 2023, and the green hydrogen produced will be supplied to Sinopec Tahe Refinery to replace the existing natural gas fossil energy for hydrogen production. It is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 485,000 tonnes per year, and will contribute an average of 130 million yuan to the local GDP and generate more than 18 million yuan in tax revenue per year.
Elken Tuniyaz said, for a long time, Sinopec has continued to increase its investment and construction in Xinjiang, making an important contribution to the improvement of people’s livelihood, economic development and the promotion of social stability and long-term peace and stability.
Xinjiang Kuche Green Hydrogen Demonstration Project has four advantages of abundant resources, green and low-carbon, large-scale application and technological breakthrough, and it is the first typical demonstration project of Sinopec to go through the whole process of green hydrogen production and utilization, including scenery power generation, green power transmission, green power hydrogen production, hydrogen storage, hydrogen transportation and green hydrogen refining. After the project is put into operation, it will create a new development path for green hydrogen refining and will have a significant demonstration effect on the large-scale use of green hydrogen to achieve carbon emission reduction in refining and chemical enterprises.
Hydrogen energy is one of the most promising clean energy sources, which is of great significance to promote energy transformation and sustainable development of the global economy. Green hydrogen is produced from renewable energy sources such as solar energy and wind energy, and the production process basically does not produce greenhouse gases, eliminating carbon emissions from the source, making it a truly clean energy source.