Chinese coal miner Baofeng Energy has announced the beginning of the construction of what it says will be the world’s largest solar-powered hydrogen plant in the autonomous Ningxia Hui region of northwest China.
The electrolysis project RMB1.4 billion ($199 million) is planned to generate 160 million cubic meters of hydrogen per annum plus 80 million cubic meters of oxygen. Baofeng said the use of solar electricity to power the facility would save 254,000 tons of coal consumption per annum, leading to a 445,000-ton carbon emission reduction.
The project will feature two 10,000m3 / hr electrolyzers powered by two 100 MW solar plants plus a 1,000kg / day hydrogenation station, which will convert two fuel stations to supply natural gas for transportation purposes. According to Baofeng, the solar panels will be installed over wolfberry and alfalfa crops that will produce extra revenue.
Construction on the project started this month and is expected to be finished this year, with hydrogen production to begin next year.
Baofeng is also working on a coking co-generation plant to produce three million tons of coal-based coke, plus 1.2 billion cubic meters of hydrogen per annum.