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November 15, 2007

First hydrogen refueling station opens in Shanghai

Tongji University partners with The Linde Group and Shell Hydrogen

Kate Torzewski

The Chinese government today officially opened the first hydrogen service station in Shanghai. The Shanghai Anting Hydrogen Refuelling Station was built by The Linde Group (, Tongji University (Shanghai, China) and Shell Hydrogen ( The station is part of the Ministry of Science and Technology’s ‘National 863’ program, commissioned to commercialize fuel cell vehicles in China.

Director of the Institute of Hydrogen Technologies of Tongji University, Professor Jianxin Ma, is pleased to have Linde as a partner in this pioneering project. "The opening of this station is a huge step towards establishing a hydrogen infrastructure in China, and signals the country’s dedication towards developing environmentally-friendly fuels," says Professor Ma.

"Linde is excited about participating in the build-up of the hydrogen infrastructure in China. This is a great opportunity for us to leverage our know-how in the hydrogen-technology industry to contribute in environmental protection research and initiatives," explains Linde RBU Head of Greater China, Steven Fang. "As the leading gases and engineering company in China, we are enthusiastic about supporting the ambitious plans of Shanghai."

The state-of-the-art Shanghai Anting Hydrogen Refueling Station was realized under the direction of Tongji University. Linde provided the engineering design, advised on the logistics for the delivery of the packaged hydrogen compression, storage facility and hydrogen dispensing system, and also trucked in compressed gas hydrogen for the new station.

The refueling station is located in Anting New Town, near the Shanghai International Auto City. It has the capacity to fuel three fuel-cell buses with 45 kg of hydrogen each and 20 fuel-cell automobiles with up to 3 kg of hydrogen each. 

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