Analyzing Fuel Cell Technology
- ID: 473599
- April 2014
- 175 Pages
- Aruvian's R'search
The race for developing a long term solution to increasing usage of fossil fuels in the automotive sector and the rising effect of greenhouse gases has a new participant – Fuel Cell Technology.
The advent of Fuel Cells though yet to achieve mass commercial successes has presented new clean opportunities for meeting energy requirements. The rising fuel prices globally and the increasing environmental concerns with the rampant applications of fossil fuels in the transportation industry is forcing the development of alternatives like the Fuel Cell.
The involvement of government agencies and the industry majors like Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd. are achieving results through programs in order to expand and implement the usage of fuel cells as a way of life. Initiatives of governments around the world to popularize the usage of fuel cells in the domestic/small sector is being backed by many social incentivized programs in order to facilitate the mass proliferation of this technology.
The flow of private and government investment into R&D is being perceived to be critical to the success of this technology wherein early efficiency issues are identified and corrected in order to ensure that future reworking costs are minimized.
Analyzing Fuel Cell Technology - analyzes the recognition, development and advancement of fuel cell technology in the scientific arena wherein it was clearly demarcated in 1900's that fuel cells will be supplying energy and automotive power in the future. The report further provides a view on the basics of a fuel cell; its structure hardware and the working principles of a fuel cell.
The report enlarges the analyst perspective on the types of fuel cells available in today's marketplace and the development on certain future oriented products as well. The report analyzes the basic hydrogen availability and the sources from wherein it can be obtained to be harnessed in fuel cells keeping an eye on the environmental objective as well.
The issue of efficiency derivation along with other challenges faced by the fuel cell industry, its performance parameters and safety concerns are explained in detail in this report in order to let an analyst determine the actual feasibility of fuel cell technology in mass production scales.
The multifold applications of fuel cells, some of which have been implemented and other areas where they are being tested, are provided in this report. The advent of any new technology which is slated for inculcation into direct civilian applications needs a robust regulatory framework and initiatives to iron out the issues o part of the industry, the government is presented in this report in a constructive manner.
The report also analyzes the new ground breaking inventions of Micro Fuel Cells and the cost constraints as well as the overall competitive market activity in this sector along with the market scenario for Micro Fuel Cells.
A comprehensive outlook on the potential for Fuel Cells and the industry's future outlook is provided in this report wherein the interest and initiatives of major industry players by companies and by geography is presented, thereby achieving to encapsulate all the determinants of success for Fuel Cell Technology for a clean, efficient and green future. SHOW LESS READ MORE >
A. Executive Summary
B.1 Historical Perspective of Fuel Cells
B.2 The Design of a Fuel Cell
B.3 How Does a Fuel Cell Work?
B.4 Looking at the Different Parts of a Fuel Cell
B.4.1 Membrane Electrode Assembly
C. Types of Fuel Cells
C.1 Metal Hydride Fuel Cell
C.2 Electro-galvanic Fuel Cell
C.3 Formic Acid Fuel Cell
C.4 Zinc-Air Fuel Cells
C.5 Microbial Fuel Cell
C.6 Reversible Fuel Cell
C.7 Direct Borohydride Fuel Cell
C.8 Alkaline Fuel Cell
C.9 Direct Methanol Fuel Cell
C.10 Direct Ethanol Fuel Cell
C.11 Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell
C.12 Flow Battery
C.13 Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell
C.14 Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell
C.15 Protonic Ceramic Fuel Cell
C.16 Solid Oxide Fuel Cell
C.17 Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells
C.18 Regenerative Fuel Cells
C.19 Metal Air Fuel Cells
C.20 Fuel Cells Minus Membranes
D. Looking at Fuel Cell Efficiency
D.1 Energy Cell Efficiency
D.2 Efficiency in Practice
E. Looking at Hydrogen Production Sources
E.2 Biological and Photobiological Systems
E.3 Coal Gasification
E.5 Fossil Fuels
E.6 Industrial Wastes
E.7 Photoelectrochemical Systems
E.8 Thermal Processing
E.9 Thermochemical Water Splitting
F. Challenges & Issues in the Industry
F.1 Issues with Fuel Cell Design
F.2 Cost Issues
F.3 Durability & Reliance Issues
F.4 Storage Problems
F.5 Size & Weight Issues
F.6 Fuel Flexibility
F.7 Air Management
F.8 Availability of Hydrogen
F.9 Performance Requirements
F.10 Integrated Fuel Cell Systems
F.11 Low Operating Temperature of Fuel Cells
F.12 Safety Concerns
F.13 Need for Technological Improvements
F.14 Public Support
F.15 Challenges in Transportation Purposes
G. Applications of Fuel Cells
G.1 Fuel Cells in the Transportation Sector
G.2 Fuel Cells and Portable Power
G.3 Fuel Cells in the Military
G.4 Fuel Cells & Wastewater Treatment Plants
G.5 Residential Applications
G.6 Applications in Telecommunications
H. Regulatory Framework & Issues
H.1 Initiatives by the US Department of Energy
I. Necessity of Research & Development
I.2 R&D Expenditure
J. Looking at Micro Fuel Cells
J.2 Workings of a Micro Fuel Cell
J.3 Micro Fuel Cell vs. Conventional Fuel Cell
J.4 Challenges in the Growth of Micro Fuel Cells
J.4.1 Cost Issues
J.4.2 Regulatory Challenges
J.4.3 Technological Barriers
J.4.4 Growing Competition in the Industry
J.5 Market Profile of Micro Fuel Cells
J.6 Market Forecast
K. Exploring the Market Potential of Fuel Cells
L. Future Outlook for Fuel Cell Industry
M. Industry Players & Industry Initiatives
M.1 Astris Energi Inc.
M.2 Ballard Cells
M.3 California Fuel Cell Partnership
M.7 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
M.9 Dynetek Industries
M.10 Englehard Corporation
M.11 Entegris, Inc.
M.12 Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd.
M.14 FuelCell Energy, Inc.
M.15 Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
M.17 H2 Partners
M.20 Jadoo Power
M.21 Mercedes Benz
M.23 MTI Micro Fuel Cells
M.24 NTT DoCoMo Inc.
M.25 Palcan Fuel Cells
M.26 Plug Power
M.27 Proton Energy Systems
M.28 Sanyo Electric
M.29 TeliaSonera AB
N. Looking at Initiatives by State
N.9 District of Columbia
N.1 New Jersey
N.1 New Mexico
N.1 New York
N.1 North Carolina
N.1 North Dakota
N.1 Rhode Island
N.1 South Carolina
N.1 South Dakota
N.1 West Virginia
P. Glossary of Terms
Astris Energi Inc.
California Fuel Cell Partnership
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd.
FuelCell Energy, Inc.
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
MTI Micro Fuel Cells
NTT DoCoMo Inc.
Palcan Fuel Cells
Proton Energy Systems