“We are now in a golden era for hydrogen,” Robin Lin, CEO of fuel cell producer Refire, declared during a speech at the China Auto Forum in Shanghai last year. 

Lin would know. His company made fuel cells before they were cool. When Refire was founded in 2015 it was a small, specialized market. 

But over the past two years, its prospects have exploded. Hydrogen technology is fast gaining attention in China as a viable alternative to the fossil fuels used in vehicles and heavy industries. Fuel cells are a dense, efficient, and clean way to store energy. Among the most popular prospects at the moment are fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based data and graphics reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.