International supply chain ecology integrating hydrogen "production-storage-transportation-refueling-application"—GWM releases its hydrogen energy strategy

On March 29, the GWM Hydrogen Energy Strategy Global Launch was held in the Haval Technology Center of Baoding. The ceremony was attended by Jack Wei , Chairman of GWM, Meng Xiangjun, the Rotating President, Mu Feng, Vice President, and Zhang Tianyu, Chairman of GWM's subsidiary FTXT and Chen Xuesong, President of FTXT, as well as nearly 100 leaders, experts and scholars from government agencies and various fields such as energy, environmental protection, economy, finance and automobile. They all witnessed this historic moment.

As integral efforts of the hydrogen energy strategy, GWM will build an international supply chain ecology integrating hydrogen "production -storage-transportation-refueling-application", break barriers on core technologies and connect the downstream industry chain, accelerating the commercial popularization of hydrogen energy. In the hydrogen energy strategy, Hydrogen-L.E.M.O.N. Technology is also proposed to speed up product realization and propel the transformation of energy structure in China. The technology is a world-class full-scene solution of "hydrogen power systems" and meets vehicle regulations.

Aspiring to be among the top 3 players in the world, GWM builds an international supply chain ecology integrating hydrogen "production - storage - transportation - refueling - application"

China is the largest renewable energy country of wind energy and solar energy, among others. The future sustainable development of China rests in making the most of the renewable energy sources, as well as obtaining and using hydrogen energy in a scientific and rational manner.

In the face of the transformation in energy structure, GWM launched the hydrogen energy strategy that focuses on the "green+intelligent" mobility idea and takes "building a sustainable and beautiful society characterized by hydrogen energy" as its ultimate goal. In the ceremony, Mu Feng, Vice President of GWM, said: "If 1 million vehicles running on the roads of China are powered by hydrogen fuel cells, the carbon emission in one year would be reduced by 510 million tons. This would be especially helpful for realizing the carbon neutrality goal".

The hydrogen energy strategy of GWM covers both an international supply chain ecology integrating hydrogen "production -storage-transportation-refueling-application" and the Hydrogen-L.E.M.O.N. Technology—a world-class full-scene solution of "hydrogen power systems" meeting vehicle regulations.

Thanks to the hydrogen energy strategy, GWM will attach equal importance to both commercial vehicles and passenger cars to promote technological and industrial development through scene exploration and accelerate product realization. "This year, GWM will launch the world's first SUV with Class C hydrogen fuel cell and take the lead in implementing the application project of one hundred 49-ton hydrogen energy heavy trucks in the world; 2022 will see the first service fleet of high-end passenger cars on the arena of the Olympic Winter Games; in 2023, we will become a leader domestically in terms of the number of core power components promoted; we will ride into top three in global hydrogen market share by 2025." Zhang Tianyu, Chairman of GWM FTXT, said.

Based upon the R&D of core components and technology of the downstream of the hydrogen energy industry, GWM has been taking a product-oriented approach to explore the core material joint cooperation mode upstream and upgrade product applications downstream through demonstration operation. By expanding scenario applications, GWM integrates the optimum resources of internal and external industry chains.

In terms of R&D investment, GWM will plunge another RMB 3 billion into the hydrogen energy R&D sector to reach the production capacity of 10,000 sets. Meanwhile, GWM gathers more capable personnel and pools foreign experts from Europe, America, Japan, and other countries with over ten years of experience in hydrogen energy technology R&D, to create the largest hydrogen energy technology R&D team at home. GWM has also built a global R&D system covering four countries and five regions, laying a solid foundation for the breakthrough of core hydrogen energy technology.

Currently, GWM has been completely independent in intellectual property rights of the six core technologies and products of "stack and core components, fuel cell engines and components (controllers, etc.), IV hydrogen storage cylinders, high-pressure hydrogen storage valves, hydrogen safety, and liquid hydrogen process", with many technologies having broken through industrial "bottlenecks". It is committed to boosting the advent of a hydrogen society through technological progress.

At the downstream of the industry chain, GWM has been part of the four demonstration pilot city clusters of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, the Yangtze River Delta, Henan, and Hebei. More than 1,000 demonstration vehicles are planned, involving multiple application scenarios such as passenger cars, heavy trucks, logistics, public transport, ships, and rail transit, to draw a broader market blueprint.

"1+3+5"—GWM's Hydrogen-L.E.M.O.N. Technology Supporting Full-scene Applications

GWM's Hydrogen-L.E.M.O.N. Technology, as a world-class full-scene solution of "hydrogen power systems" meeting vehicle regulations, is the core technology pillar of GWM's hydrogen energy strategy and one of the core technical routes of GWM's L.E.M.O.N. platform, covering hydrogen fuel cell system, on-board hydrogen storage system, and key components. It can be summarized as "1+3+5", namely 1 complete R&D system meeting the vehicle regulations, 3 technology platforms, and 5 performance advantages.

At the upstream of the industry chain, GWM's new generation of solar PV technology of perovskite features a 20.01% photoelectric conversion efficiency recorded in the world, marking the formal step of the conversion efficiency of large-area PV modules of perovskite into the "2.0 era." With regard to large-scale energy storage and application, the hydrogen + electric energy storage system leading the industry provides a solution for large-scale renewable energy storage and lays a foundation for the comprehensive utilization of mobile and stationary energy.

As the root of Hydrogen-L.E.M.O.N. Technology, the one complete R&D system meeting the vehicle regulations spans more than 100 enterprise standards, over 500 hardware requirements, 5,000-plus software requirements, thousands of detections, and tens of thousands of tests. It can quickly define, disassemble, simulate and design fuel cell engine systems, parts and components, and materials from top to bottom according to vehicle hydrogen demand, and ensure the excellent performance, high quality, and low cost of the products via trial production test.

The HE, HS, and HP technology platforms constitute the core of the HydrogenL.E.M.O.N. Technology. Among them, the HE platform is reliable, durable, and safe, with strong environmental adaptability, high power, and high power density. For the HS platform, the first generation of single fuel cell metal-plate stack has been developed, with the rated power of 150 kW, the peak power of 160 kW, and the power density up to 4.2 kW/L. The HP platform involves 70 MPa IV hydrogen storage cylinders, 70 MPa cylinder valves, and pressure reducing valves, as well as the integration and control of the hydrogen storage system.

"In the next five years, GWM will focus on fuel cell system to strive for high power (> 200 kW), high efficiency (> 60%), high temperature (> 100°C), high durability (> 20,000h), and high interconnection (new energy + intelligent network)." Chen Xuesong, president of GWM FTXT, said.

Assisted by the HydrogenL.E.M.O.N. platform, GWM has achieved substantial breakthroughs in the fuel cell system, stack, membrane electrode, air compressor, hydrogen circulation system, hydrogen storage system, and key components in core technologies and key links of the hydrogen energy industry value chain, supporting the real realization of high-efficiency, high-performance, long-endurance, and all-weather driving and full-field application of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Opening-up and Win-win Multi-party Cooperation to Promote Large-scale Application of Hydrogen Energy

"It is difficult for one person to make a crowd, and impossible for a tree to form a forest."

GWM, guided by the hydrogen energy strategy and adhering to the idea of "opening-up, cooperation, and win-win", has the platform technology opened comprehensively, shares products and services, and cooperates with high-quality enterprises upstream and downstream of the industry, for all-round cooperation in R&D, test, supporting of parts and components, investment, financing, capacity building, and other businesses.

At the launch, GWM, together with China Quality Certification Center, conducted the "carbon neutrality certification assessment" and established a joint research institute of hydrogen energy and fuel cell technology services with Tongji University, pooling the most solid technology strength for the rapid development of hydrogen energy industry.

On-site experts and scholars highly appreciate the development strategy and measures of GWM in the field of hydrogen energy. Zhou Hongchun, a researcher from the Development Research Center of the State Council, said, "hydrogen is an important transition carrier of energy in the future, and the utilization of hydrogen energy will accelerate the realization of the goal of peak carbon dioxide emissions and carbon neutrality in China."

Yu Zhuoping, Professor of Tongji University and an expert from the "new energy vehicle" general technology team of national key science and technology plan also expressed that "the application of the international integrated supply chain ecology and HydrogenL.E.M.O.N. Technology built under GWM's hydrogen energy strategy in the transportation field will drive the transformation of energy structure in the transportation field of China, getting China out of its dependence on petroleum."

According to Guan Qingyou, president and chief economist of Rushi Advanced Institute of Finance, "the only thing that we cannot measure is entrepreneurship from the perspective of capital. GWM is taking a risk on the choice of future energy, but it is well worth it."

At present, "decarbonization" has become a global topic. In the first year of the 14th Five-Year Plan in China, hydrogen energy has been included in strategic emerging industries and stood at the cusp of the industry. Relying on the forward-looking international integrated supply chain ecology and the Hydrogen-L.E.M.O.N. Technology for full-scene applications, GWM leads the new energy revolution to help human beings coexist harmoniously with natural ecology and make a good start for the arrival of China's hydrogen era.