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Fuel Cell Technologies Worldwide


Fuel Cell Technologies Worldwide - Fuel cells represent an exciting and dynamic industry that could alter the way we produce and use energy for residential and commercial consumption, transportation, electronic devices, and more.

While fuel cells are a technology that has been known to scientists for almost 200 years, in the modern world, they represent an innovative source of energy. Fuel cells are favored as a “green” technology for their low emissions, quiet operation and high efficiency. They can be fed by fuels that are readily available, including biofuels, thus reducing reliance on foreign oil and an electric grid that is aging and in many places pushed beyond capacity.

The great appeal of fuel cells is that they can operate continuously as long as the necessary flows of fuel and oxygen are maintained, and they produce only water as a byproduct, rather than being a source of pollution.

Fuel cells have shown vigorous growth in the past few years. SBI Energy research finds that the market grew from $420 million in 2007 to $775 million in 2012. We forecast global sales will reach $4.2 billion by 2017 and continue this growth trend to reach $14.1 billion by 2022.

Much of the early growth optimism for the future of the industry was driven by U.S. and other government investment. However, early expectations of a quick, low-cost source of alternative energy were dampened by the realities of lengthy product development cycles, combined with the growing acceptance of alternative energy technologies such as wind and solar. The high profile bankruptcy of several renewable energy-focused recipients of government funds—including fuel cell manufacturer A123 Systems—prompted many lawmakers to rethink large-scale government investments in private sector fuel cell technology development. As the new US administration pulls back from aggressive investment in the technology, some observers are now questioning how quickly fuel cells can achieve widespread commercialization. As a consequence, fuel cells are in a race with other alternative energy technologies such as solar and wind for widespread acceptance.

In this dynamic and rapidly changing marketplace, SBI’s new report, Fuel Cell Technologies Worldwide, provides clear guidance and insight on various technologies and end-use markets. The report presents the historic growth (2007 - 2012) and growth potential (2012-2022) of the global market for fuel cells and various fuel cell technologies currently used. Market size and growth is broken out by major country and by region of the world. The report segments the market by technology (type of fuel cell as defined by the electrolyte used), and application (stationary power, portable electronics, motor vehicles, backup power supplies, military & aerospace, and others), and provides detailed profiles of companies that are leading the way in the industry.

The information in Fuel Cell Technologies Worldwide is based on interviews with industry leaders and fuel cell researchers, as well as primary and secondary data from industry sources such as Fuel Cell 2000, Fuel Cell Today, and the US Fuel Cell Council. Our research also included company literature and websites, news reports and research services such as OneSource.

What You’ll Get in This Report

Through extensive research by SBI Energy, Fuel Cell Technologies Worldwide identifies current market drivers and trends, and makes important predictions about the future of this market. In addition, this report pinpoints ways current and prospective players can capitalize on current trends and spearhead new ones.

No other market research report provides both the comprehensive analysis and extensive data that Fuel Cell Technologies Worldwide offers. Plus, you’ll benefit from extensive data, presented in easy-to-read and practical charts, tables and graphs.

How You’ll Benefit from This Report

If your company is already doing business in the fuel cell market, or is considering making the leap, you will find this report invaluable, as it provides a comprehensive package of information and insight not offered in any other single source. You will gain a thorough understanding of the current market for fuel cells, as well as projected markets and trends through 2022.

This report will help:

  • Marketing managers identify market opportunities and develop targeted promotion plans for fuel cells
  • Research and development professionals stay on top of competitor initiatives and explore demand for fuel cells in current and alternative markets.
  • Advertising agencies working with clients in the manufacturing sector understand the product buyer, and develop messages and images that compel product developers and engineers to incorporate fuel cells into various types of end-use products.
  • Business development executives understand the dynamics of the market and identify possible partnerships.
  • Equity and venture capital investors identify high potential opportunities for capital infusion.
  • Information and research center librarians provide market researchers, brand and product managers and other colleagues with the vital information they need to do their jobs more effectively.


  • Executive Summary
    • Table Number of fuel cell patents issued by country for 2010 and 2011
    • Table 2012 Global Fuel Cell Market Snapshot
    • Table Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 2007 - 2012
    • Table Current Global Fuel Cell Market Snapshot, 2013
    • Table Global Fuel Cell Market Snapshot 2013
    • Table Market Snapshot by Fuel Cell Technology 2022
    • Table Market Snapshot by Region 2022
    • Table Commercial Deployments of Stationary Fuel Cells
    • Table U.S. State FCEV Deployment Rankings
  • Fuel Cell Construction
    • Basic Design
    • Stacks and Systems
    • Fuel cells as an alternative energy source
    • Direction of current research and development
      • Table Direction of leading research initiatives worldwide
    • Regulations governing the safety of fuel cells
      • Table Codes and standards covering fuel cells
    • General resources
      • Table Agencies that provide oversight of fuel cells
    • Publications
      • Table Fuel Cell Publications
    • Summary
  • Fuel Cell Technologies
    • Current Technologies
      • Table Comparison of common fuel cell types
    • Phosphoric acid fuel cells
    • Molten carbonate fuel cells
    • Alkaline fuel cells
    • Direct borohydride fuel cells
    • Metal hydride fuel cells
    • Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells
    • Direct formic acid fuel cells (DFAFCs)
    • Direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs)
    • Direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs)
    • Reformed methanol fuel cells
    • Direct carbon fuel cells (DCFCs)
    • Solid oxide fuel cells
    • Enzymatic biofuel cells
    • Microbial fuel cells
    • Protonic ceramic fuel cells
    • Regenerative fuel cells
    • Upflow microbial fuel cells
    • RFC-Redox fuel cells
    • Electro-galvanic fuel cells
    • Zinc-air fuel cells
    • Growth technologies
    • PEMFC
      • Table Currently available PEMFC products
    • SOFC
      • Table Currently Available SOFC Products
    • DMFC/DAFC
      • Table Currently available DMFC/DAFC technologies
    • Flow Battery
    • End-uses for fuel cells
    • Transport
    • Portable
    • Stationary
    • Innovative new technologies
    • Patent review
      • Table Fuel cell patents granted, 2010-2011
      • Table Number of fuel cell patents issued by country for 2010 and 2011
    • Key industry issues
    • Cost
    • Economies of scale
      • Table Fuel cell system size for common applications
      • Table Technical Targets for Automotive Applications
    • Durability
    • Market obstacles
      • Consumer Awareness
    • Other Non-technical issues
    • Key industry trends
      • Addressing current challenges
      • Related Objectives
      • Technical approach
  • Market Size and Growth
    • Current market drivers
      • Energy prices
    • Government grants and investments
      • Table Fuel Cell Technologies Program Key Activities 2010 through 2013 (dollars in thousands)
      • Other U.S government incentives
        • Table U.S. Federal Government Fuel Cell Incentives
    • European Commission funding
      • Table EU Funded Fuel Cell Projects
      • Incentives in specific countries
        • Table Global National-Level Initiatives
        • Table State Government Policies Summary
    • Employment
    • Historical Market Snapshot 2007-2012
      • Table 2007 Global Fuel Cell Market Snapshot
      • Table 2012 Global Fuel Cell Market Snapshot
      • Table Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) 2007 - 2012
      • Table 2007 Global Fuel Cell Market by Key End-Use Segment
      • Table 2012 Global Fuel Cell Market by Key End-Use Segment
      • Table Global Fuel Cell Market CAGR, 2007 - 2012
      • Table Global Fuel Cell Sales by Region, 2007
      • Table Global Fuel Cell Sales by Region, 2012
      • Table Global Fuel Cell Market, CAGR 2007-2012
    • Market leaders
      • Table Market Leaders based on 2011 Revenue
    • Current market size estimate
      • Table Current Global Fuel Cell Market Snapshot, 2013
      • Table Global Fuel Cell Market by Type, 2013
      • Table Global Fuel Cell Market Snapshot 2013
    • Market projections through 2022
      • Table Global Fuel Cell Market Snap Shot 2017
      • Table Global Fuel Cell Market Snap Shot by End-User Segment 2017
      • Table Market Snapshot of Fuel Cell Sales by Region for 2017
      • Table Five-Year CAGR by Fuel Cell Technology for 2013 through 2017
      • Table Five-Year CAGR, Fuel Cell Sales by Sector 2013 through 2017
      • Compound Annual Growth Rate Across Regions for 2013 through 2017
        • Table Fuel Cell Sales by Region CAGR 2013 - 2017
    • Market Snapshot by Fuel Cell Technology 2022
      • Table Market Snapshot by Fuel Cell Technology 2022
    • Fuel Cell Technology Compound Annual Growth Rate for 2017 through 2022
      • Table Fuel Cell Technology Compound Annual Growth Rate for 2017 - 2022
      • Table Market Snapshot by End Use 2022
    • Compound Annual Growth Rate by End-Use for 2017 through 2022
      • Table Compound Annual Growth Rate by End-Use for 2017 through 2022
      • Table Market Snapshot by Region 2022
    • Compound Annual Growth Rate for 2017 through 2012 by Region
      • Table Compound Annual Growth Rate for 2017 through 2012 by Region
    • Chapter Summary
  • End-use markets and their outlook
    • Table Fuel Cell Types And Some Common Applications
    • Stationary Sector
      • Prime Power
      • Small Stationary
      • Micro-Combined Heat and Power
        • Table Micro-CHP Fuel Cell Technologies
      • Grid-Support and Off-Grid Power
      • Emergency back-up power, or Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS)
      • Distributed generation
      • Base load power plants
      • Power for base stations or cell sites
        • Table Mobile Fuel Cell Deployments Worldwide
    • Deployments
      • Table Commercial Deployments of Stationary Fuel Cells
      • Table A Summary of U.S. Fuel Cell Deployments: Corporations
      • Table Summary of Additional Deployments
    • Transport Sector
    • Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs)
      • Table U.S. State FCEV Deployment Rankings
      • FCEV technology development
        • Table FCEV Targets for FCEV Deployment in Key Countries
      • Japan
      • Germany
      • South Korea
      • United States
      • Automaker plans
    • Transit
      • Table Active Global Fuel Cell Bus Projects
      • Table Planned Global Fuel Cell Bus Projects
      • Material Handling Vehicles (MHVs)
      • Forklifts
        • Table Where Fuel Cells Are Used For Material Handling in North America
    • Niche Transport
    • Auxiliary Power Units (APUs)
      • Table Preliminary technical targets for 1kW-10kW fuel cell auxiliary power units (APUs) operating on standard ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel
      • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
      • Military
        • Table Fuel cell applications in the military
      • Aviation and aerospace
    • Portable electronics
    • Fuel
      • Table Effects of Various Gaseous Reactants on Various Fuel Cell Types
    • Infrastructure
      • Hydrogen production
        • Table Methods for Producing Hydrogen
      • Summary
      • Hydrogen storage
      • Special challenges of hydrogen storage for transportation applications
      • Current storage technologies
      • Challenges
        • Table Hyrdogen Storage Deployment Challenges
    • Hydrogen delivery
  • Manufacturers of Fuel Cell Technologies
    • Acumentrics
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Acumentrics Product Portfolio
      • Performance
    • Adaptive Materials, Inc.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Adaptive Materials' Product Portfolio
      • Performance
    • Ballard Power Systems
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Ballard Power System Product Portfolio
        • Table Idatech Product Portfolio (acquired by Ballard July, 2012)
      • Performance
      • Company News
    • Bloom Energy
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Bloom Energy's Product Portfolio
      • Performance
      • Company News
    • ClearEdge Power
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table ClearEdge Power's Product Portfolio
      • Performance
      • Company News
    • FuelCell Energy
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table FuelCell Energy's Product Portfolio
      • Performance
      • Company News
    • NedStack fuel cell technology B.V.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table NedStack Product Portfolio
      • Performance
      • Company News
    • Plug Power Inc.
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Plug Power Product Portfolio
      • Performance
      • Company News
    • Protonex Technology Corporation
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table Protonex Product Portfolio
      • Performance
      • Company News
    • ReliOn
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table ReliOn Product Portfolio
      • Company News
    • SFC Smart Fuel Cell AG
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table SFC Smart Fuel Cell Product Portfolio
      • Performance
    • UTC Power
      • Corporate Background
      • Product and Brand Portfolio
        • Table UTC Power Product Portfolio

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