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Report: Progress in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Development and Deployment in China Have Been ReleasedPost date: 2022-03-14

In February 2022, WIPO GREEN and Bluetech Clean Air Alliance (BCAA) jointly released the research report: Progress in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Development and Deployment in China.

The report summarized the worldwide evolution trend of hydrogen fuel cell and focused on the progress of related fields in China. Specifically, the report gave a brief introduction of the development of the technology in major countries such as Japan, South Korea, India, Germany, and Norway. The meanwhile, the multi-dimensional information including the progress of relevant policies and standards, development motivation, key provinces and cities and typical cases around the application of hydrogen and fuel cells in China were analyzed. In addition, with the global patent database as a tool, the research team carried out the study on the technical development in the field of hydrogen fuel cells from the perspective of intellectual property, and analyzed the information of key countries and institutions that concerned with technological innovation in this field, as well as their patent layout in China.

This report points out that hydrogen has a good development momentum in many industrialized countries, and several major hydrogen technologies are developing. At present, governments have issued a number of supporting policies and standards and have launched a series of successful demonstration projects. China is accelerating the application of hydrogen fuel cells, which will help China achieve the climate commitment of achieving carbon peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060 and address urban air pollution. This report also found that China has surpassed Japan to become the champion of patent application numbers in fuel cells in 2018. In terms of innovation enthusiasm, China has caught up with Germany, Japan, South Korea, the United States and other leading countries in hydrogen innovation. Although hydrogen may not compete with battery-driven electric vehicles in the field of light-duty vehicles, this report suggests that China, as the world's largest electric vehicle market, could give hydrogen energy great application potential in the field of long-distance and heavy transportation. In recent years, Chinese government and industry organizations have been actively promoting the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. More than 80 national standards and more than 50 group standards have been formulated. Beijing, Shanghai, Foshan and other cities have made many demonstrative achievements and cases in the fuel cell field. These achievements and cases are worthy of learning and reference by other cities worldwide.  

This report believes that the road to realizing the large-scale and mainstream hydrogen in the world economy seems to be still quite long, and there are a variety of technical and economic obstacles here. However, hydrogen, a potentially clean and climate-friendly energy with high energy density, multi-function, and unlimited supply, has great attractions. Therefore, it is reasonable to be optimistic about the role of hydrogen in the future of the transition to a green economy.

This report has been published in full on the official websites of WIPO and BCAA. For the full version of this report, please click the download link below:

  1. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)official downloadlink

  2. Bluetech Clean Air Alliance (BCAA) official download link