China's top producer of hydrogen, petrochemicals giant Sinopec, is planning to link with gigawatt-scale renewable energy projects to help power a move into green H2.

Sinopec has outlined new initiatives in the country’s far west spearheaded by Sinopec New Star, its new energy outfit, targeting 500,000 tonnes per annum of green hydrogen production when completed in five years.

Although modest compared with its existing grey hydrogen production from unabated fossil fuels of 3.5 million tonnes of grey hydrogen annually – about 14% of China’s total – the planned output is part of the nation's first wave of efforts to turn away from its fossil-based H2 production.