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Shenergy Unveils World’s Largest Hydrogen-Powered Mining Truck

hanghai based company Shenergy recently unveiled the world’s largest hydrogen powered truck to help reduce operating costs in China’s mining industry. The move is part of their commitment to building a domestic value chain for renewable energy usage and achieving a low-carbon production plan for the sector.

The massive mining truck was jointly developed by Shenergy, Zoomlion Mining, Hongzhen Intelligence and Kunhua Technology, and is powered by high-performance hydrogen fuel cell engine systems provided by Kunhua. According to the company, this technology can substantially reduce the operating costs of such vehicles.

The move comes as China strives to achieve a carbon peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060. Analysts believe that the application of hydrogen in the mining sector might develop faster compared with that of private vehicles, as the routes of mining trucks are usually fixed.

Shenergy Form Joint Ventures for Hydrogen Ecosystem

In order to build a full value chain that covers production, storage, transportation, refueling and utilization of hydrogen, Shenergy has set up a joint venture with France-based Plastic Omnium in Shanghai. The two parties have signed a memorandum of understanding to extend strategic cooperation around building hydrogen ecosystems and contributing to a road map for carbon neutrality in China.

Shenergy has also signed an agreement with Shell (China) Ltd last year to form a JV — Shanghai Shenergy and Shell New Energy Co Ltd — to invest in a network of hydrogen refueling stations in Shanghai. This is Shell’s first hydrogen refueling network in Asia.

Lin Boqiang on Hydrogen-Powered Trucks

Lin Boqiang, head of the China Institute for Studies in Energy Policy at Xiamen University, said: “While reducing the carbon footprint of the mining sector is a major task worldwide, the application of hydrogen in the mining sector might develop faster compared with that of private vehicles.” He added that it is also necessary to encourage more applications of green hydrogen, or hydrogen produced from clean energy including solar and wind power.