The partners will build the new station at Shanghai International Automotive City, working together on the design, construction, maintenance and operations.
The station, which will be completed by the end of 2006, is part of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology’s national programme to develop electric vehicles in China.
In 2006, Shanghai will be operating 10 fuel cell vehicles and this is planned to grow to 1,000 by 2010 including fuel cell buses sponsored by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Development Programme.
Tongji University is responsible for the development and operation of the new hydrogen station with Shell contributing technical advice and funding. The station will feature an information centre on the hydrogen economy.
The new station follows the completion of a pre-feasibility study by Tongji University and Shell that recommended setting up a small network of hydrogen stations in Shanghai to support the introduction of fuel cell cars.