Global PEM Fuel Cells Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018 - 2023)
The global polymer electrolyte (PEM) fuel cells market is in nascent phase and it is likely to grow at a rapid rate on account of increasing demand for clean energy and increase focus towards usage of fuel cell technology as a source of energy. Globally, the rising concern regarding pollution caused from conventional sources of energy has led to explore the alternate sources of energy. These type of fuel cell uses a water-based, acidic polymer membrane as its electrolyte, with platinum-based electrodes. PEM fuel cells operate at relatively low temperatures (below 100 degrees Celsius) and can tailor electrical output to meet dynamic power requirements. Due to the relatively low temperatures and the use of precious metal-based electrodes, these cells must operate on pure hydrogen. PEM fuel cells are currently the leading technology for light duty vehicles and materials handling vehicles Apart from that the technological advancements, research and development work associated with fuel cell technologies and global commitment on reduction of green-house gases emissions from power sector is likely to drive the PEM fuel cells market.
Increasing awareness about clean energy - Driving the Market
Globally, the increasing awareness about clean energy is providing a huge impetus to alternate sources of energy. As per the Paris climate deal, the countries across the globe have committed to use clean energy sources and move away from conventional fuels which cause adverse effects on environment. The fuel cells can be used to bridge the demand supply gap of electricity caused by reduction in usage of conventional fuels. Furthermore, stringent environmental norms is likely to promulgate the demand for cleaner fuels, which in turn would drive the market for PEM fuel cells.
Asia Pacific - Region with the Highest Market Share
Asia Pacific region has highest share in PEM fuel cells market, owing to huge investments made in fuel cell technologies in countries such as Japan and South Korea. Japan and South Korea have planned to reduce the usage of nuclear energy thereby leading to increased opportunities for alternate power source, which in turn, is a big driver for PEM fuel cells market. The Asia Pacific region offers immense market opportunities for PEM fuel cells on account of widespread adoption of electric vehicles. The energy density of PEM fuel cells is much higher than that of batteries which is likely to bolster its demand as clean fuel in transportation sector.
United States to Dominate the Market Growth
The US is anticipated to dominate the market growth for PEM fuel cells on account of increased focus on deployment of clean energy solutions. The per capita emission of carbon dioxide in the US very high and overall carbon dioxide emissions is second after China. The US government provide huge incentive to fuel cell technology and according to the Department of Energy (DOE), the fuel cell technology will be cost competitive with other options by 2018. This in turn is likely to surge the market growth for PEM fuel cells in the US at a rapid rate.
The major players include - Dupont Fuel Cell, Hitachi Ltd., Cmr Fuel Cells Plc, amongst others.
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