(Yicai Global) Jan. 13 -- China should include hydrogen in its national energy strategy as its applications go far beyond new energy vehicles, according to a former science and technology minister.
Hydrogen fuel cells act as back-up power supply for over 100 telecoms' stations in Shanghai, Wan Gang said at an industrial forum held between Jan. 10 and 12. They can also serve as emergency power for underwater transport, hospitals and in other scenarios. The development of this green, renewable energy source should be evaluated from the perspective of national energy strategy, he said.
China has enthusiastically embraced hydrogen energy, one of the cleanest energy sources, in recent years. More than 20 provinces have issued plans to develop hydrogen projects and hydrogen fuel-powered vehicles. Japan and Korea have also invested heavily in the sector, one of three earmarked for strategic investment by the Korean government.
It is important to develop a comprehensive and complementary energy system to mainstream forms of electricity generation that includes hydrogen fuel cells, hydroelectric, wind and solar power, Wan said.
These energy sources are not geographically limited, are highly efficient, produce no emissions and their prices don't fluctuate with that of petroleum, he said. They also contribute to energy security, protect the environment and aid in industrial upgrade.
Editor: Kim Taylor