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Global Fuel Cells Market

  • ID: 1823993
  • Report
  • October 2012
  • Region: Global
  • 430 Pages
  • Taiyou Research


  • Acumentrics Corporation
  • Ballard Power Systems
  • Cellex Power
  • Eneos Celltech
  • Hitachi
  • Motorola
  • MORE
Fuel cells have become one of the fastest growing industries in recent years. From governments to private businesses and even academic institutions, all are collaborating to produce fuel cells and to find methods of improving their efficiency.

Fuel cells have the capability to produce electrical power in an efficient and without causing any pollution. In the process, fuel cells also produce heat and water as by-products. There are many different types of fuel cells that are found today that are competing with other energy conversion devices such as the gas turbine and batteries.

With the many advances that are occurring at a rapid pace in this industry, Taiyou Research presents an analysis of the Global Fuel Cells Market.

The research report from Taiyou focuses on the following:

- We analyze the basics of fuel cells, including fuel cell designs, components and functions, stacking of fuel cells, availability of fuel for fuel cells, and other features of fuel cells that make them such an attractive option for generating electrical power.

- Efficiency of fuel cells is analyzed.

- Life cycle analysis of fuel cells includes a strategic and diagrammatic representation of the same.

- Various types of fuel cells are analyzed including alkaline fuel cells, direct methanol fuel cells, phosphoric acid fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, amongst others.

- The many applications of fuels cells in distributed power generation, portable power, residential power, and transportation are looked at.

- Challenges facing the commercialization of fuel cells are looked at, including high capital cost, environmental impact, availability of hydrogen, and many more.

- The interaction between renewable energy carriers and fuel cells is analyzed.

- Pre-processing of fuels for fuel cells and the characteristics of certain fuels that are used are discussed, including biogas, hydrogen, dimethylether, natural gas, petrol and diesel fuels, methanol, amongst others.

- We undertake an in-depth analysis of several types of fuel cells including alkaline fuel cells, microbial fuel cells, micro fuel cells, polymer electrolyte fuel cells, and solid oxide fuel cells.

- An analysis of hydrogen production sources such as through coal gasification, biological and photobiological systems, electrolysis, industrial wastes, and other sources is included.

- Analysis of fuel cells for various uses is included. The uses include auxiliary power, military use, cogeneration or combined heat and power, small-scale energy consumption, light traction vehicles, and road drive vehicles.

- An analysis of fuel cell markets by country includes an analysis of the markets in Canada, China, India, Germany, Japan, and the United States.

- We get a better understanding of the market through several case studies and an analysis of the major industry players such as Acumentrics, Altergy Systems, Astris Energi, Ballard Power, Plug Powers, etc., completes this profile on the Global Fuel Cells Market.

This report on the Global Fuel Cells Market from Taiyou Research is a complete strategic analysis of this market.
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  • Acumentrics Corporation
  • Ballard Power Systems
  • Cellex Power
  • Eneos Celltech
  • Hitachi
  • Motorola
  • MORE
1. Executive Summary

2. Overview of Fuel Cells
2.1 History of Fuel Cells
2.2 Workings of a Fuel Cell
2.3 Fuel Cell Components & Functions
2.4 Stacking of Fuel Cells
2.4.1 Planar-Bipolar Stacking
2.4.2 Tubular Cell Stacks
2.5 Availability of Fuel
2.6 Advantages of Fuel Cells
2.7 Parts of a Fuel Cell
2.7.1 Membrane Electrode Assembly
2.7.2 Catalyst
2.7.3 Hardware
2.8 Features of Fuel Cells
2.9 Pros & Cons of Fuel Cells

3. Efficiency of Fuel Cells
3.1 Energy Cell Efficiency
3.2 Efficiency in Practice

4. Life Cycle Analysis of Fuel Cells

5. Analysis of Various Fuel Cell Types
5.1 Overview
5.2 Alkaline Fuel Cell (AFC)
5.3 Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC)
5.4 Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell (MCFC)
5.5 Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell (PAFC)
5.6 Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC)
5.7 Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)
5.8 Comparing Fuel Cell Types

6. Applications of Fuel Cells
6.1 Distributed Power Generation
6.2 Grid Applications
6.2.1 Non-grid Applications
6.2.2 Portable Power
6.3 Residential Power
6.4 Transportation

7. Barriers to the Commercialization of Fuel Cells
7.1 High Capital Cost
7.1.1 Cost Targets
7.2 Durability of Fuel Cell Systems
7.3 Onboard Storage
7.4 Size and Weight
7.5 Fuel Flexibility
7.6 Reduction in Heat Demand
7.7 Managing Environmental Conditions
7.8 Availability of Hydrogen
7.9 Performance Requirements
7.10 System Integration
7.11 Competing with Other Renewable Energy Sources
7.12 Technical Issues
7.13 Improved Heat Recovery Systems
7.14 Safety Concerns
7.15 Lack of Technical Breakthroughs
7.16 Public Support
7.17 Transportation Application Challenges
7.17.1 Compressor/Expandor Technologies
7.17.2 Thermal and Water Management Technologies
7.17.3 Physical and Chemical Sensors

8. Regulatory Challenges

9. Renewable Energy Carriers and Fuel Cells

10. Fuel Cell R&D

11. Do Fuel Cells Have Any Impact on the Environment?

12. Pre-Processing of Fuels for Fuel Cells

13. Characteristics of Fuels for Fuel Cells
13.1 Biogas
13.2 Coal
13.3 Cracked and Synthesis Gas
13.4 Dimethylether
13.5 Hydrogen
13.6 Liquid Bioenergy Carriers
13.7 Methanol
13.8 Natural Gas
13.9 Petrol and Diesel Fuels

14. Market for Alkaline Fuel Cells
14.1 Overview
14.2 Components of AFC
14.3 Development Challenges

15. Market for Microbial Fuel Cells
15.1 Overview
15.2 History of MFCs
15.3 Microorganisms Used for MFCs
15.4 Design of Microbial Fuel Cells
15.4.1 Components of MFCs
15.4.2 Two-Compartment MFC Systems
15.4.3 Single-Compartment MFC Systems

16. Market for Micro Fuel Cells
16.1 Overview
16.2 Workings of a Micro Fuel Cell
16.3 Comparison with Other Fuel Cell Technology
16.3.1 Hydrogen Fuel Cells
16.3.2 DMFC
16.4 Challenges Facing the Market
16.4.1 Cost
16.4.2 Regulatory Framework
16.4.3 Technical Issues
16.4.4 Competitor Threats
16.4.5 Existing Technology Manufacturers
16.5 Commercializing Micro Fuel Cells
16.5.1 Present-day Market
16.6 Market Outlook

17. Market for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells
17.1 Overview
17.2 Components of PEFCs
17.2.1 Membrane
17.2.2 Porous Backing Layer
17.2.3 Electrode-Catalyst Layer
17.3 Incorporating PEFC Stacks into Systems
17.3.1 Direct Hydrogen PEFC Systems
17.3.2 Reformer-based PEFC Systems
17.3.3 Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Systems
17.4 Applications of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells
17.4.1 Stationary Uses
17.4.2 Transportation

18. Market for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
18.1 Overview
18.2 Components of SOFCs
18.2.1 Electrolyte Materials
18.2.2 Anode Materials
18.2.3 Cathode Materials used in SOFCs
18.2.4 Interconnect Materials for SOFCs
18.2.5 Designs of Cells and Stacks

19. Analysis of Hydrogen Production Sources
19.1 Overview
19.2 Biological and Photobiological Systems
19.3 Coal Gasification
19.4 Electrolysis
19.5 Fossil Fuels
19.6 Industrial Wastes
19.7 Photoelectrochemical Systems
19.8 Thermal Processing
19.9 Thermochemical Water Splitting

20. Fuel Cells for Auxiliary Power
20.1 Overview
20.2 Fuel Cell Performance Requirements for APU Applications
20.3 Technological Developments
20.4 Requirements for Fuel Cell APUs
20.5 Economic Analysis
20.6 Cost of SOFCs
20.7 Market Outlook

21. Fuel Cells for the Military
21.1 Battery Power
21.2 Usage in Military Vehicles
21.3 Usage in Power Generation

22. Fuel Cells for Cogeneration
22.1 Overview
22.2 Market Trends
22.3 CHP Installation Types
22.4 Fuel Cell Application Areas for CHP Installations

23. Fuel Cells for Small-Scale Energy Consumption
23.1 Overview
23.2 Role of Various Fuel Cells in Domestic Energy Supply
23.2.1 Low Temperature Fuel Cells
23.2.2 Medium Temperature Fuel Cells
23.2.3 High Temperature Fuel Cells
23.2.4 Summing Up
23.3 Determining the Right Fuel for Stationary Energy Supply
23.3.1 Overview
23.3.2 Fuel Types
23.3.3 Pre-Processing and Storage of Fuel
23.3.4 Summing Up
23.4 Fuel Cells versus Conventional Heating Systems
23.4.1 Energy Supply Models
23.4.2 Technical Designs of Fuel Cells

24. Fuel Cells for Light Traction Vehicles
24.1 Overview
24.2 Role of Fuel Cell Systems in Light Traction Vehicles
24.2.1 FCs Using Hydrogen–Air Systems
24.2.2 FCs Using Direct-Feed Liquid Systems
24.3 Case Studies of Light Traction Vehicles Using FCs
24.3.1 Bicycles
24.3.2 Forklifts
24.3.3 Scooters
24.3.4 Others
24.4 Challenges Facing FC-powered Light Traction Vehicles
24.5 Summing Up

25. Fuel Cells for Road Vehicle Drives
25.1 Prevalence of Internal Combustion Engines
25.2 Role of Rapeseed Methylester (RME) and Dimethylether (DME)
25.3 Electric Vehicles – An Alternative to ICE
25.4 Emergence of Hybrid Vehicles
25.5 Fuel Cell Vehicles
25.6 Comparing Fuel Cell Vehicles with Internal Combustion Engines
25.7 Market Developments & Major Market Players

26. Analysis of Fuel Cell Markets by Country
26.1 Canada
26.1.1 Development of Fuel Cells in Vancouver
26.1.2 Development of Fuel Cells in Calgary
26.1.3 Development of Fuel Cells in Toronto
26.1.4 Development of Fuel Cells in Kingston
26.1.5 Development of Fuel Cells in Montreal
26.2 China
26.3 India
26.4 Germany
26.5 Japan
26.6 United States
26.6.1 Alaska
26.6.2 Arizona
26.6.3 Arkansas
26.6.4 California
26.6.5 Colorado
26.6.6 Connecticut
26.6.7 Delaware
26.6.8 District of Columbia
26.6.9 Florida
26.6.10 Georgia
26.6.11 Hawaii
26.6.12 Idaho
26.6.13 Illinois
26.6.14 Indiana
26.6.15 Iowa
26.6.16 Louisiana
26.6.17 Maine
26.6.18 Maryland
26.6.19 Massachusetts
26.6.20 Michigan
26.6.21 Minnesota
26.6.22 Mississippi
26.6.23 Missouri
26.6.24 Montana
26.6.25 Nebraska
26.6.26 Nevada
26.6.27 New Jersey
26.6.28 New Mexico
26.6.29 New York
26.6.30 North Carolina
26.6.31 North Dakota
26.6.32 Ohio
26.6.33 Oklahoma
26.6.34 Oregon
26.6.35 Pennsylvania
26.6.36 Rhode Island
26.6.37 South Carolina
26.6.38 South Dakota
26.6.39 Tennessee
26.6.40 Texas
26.6.41 Utah
26.6.42 Virginia
26.6.43 Washington
26.6.44 West Virginia
26.6.45 Wisconsin
26.6.46 Wyoming

27. Case Studies
27.1 Hydroxy3000
27.2 California Fuel Cell Partnership
27.3 Compressed Hydrogen Infrastructure Program (CH2IP)
27.4 IEA Hydrogen Program
27.5 Creating Better Fuel Cells with Nanotechnology
27.6 Charcoal-fired Fuel Cell
27.7 Coal-based Multi-Megawatt Solid Oxide Fuel Cell System
27.8 Use of Fuel Cells in Space Shuttles
27.9 Use of Fuel Cells in Submarines

28. Major Industry Players
28.1 Acumentrics Corporation
28.2 Altergy Systems
28.3 Astris Energi Inc.
28.4 Ballard Power Systems
28.5 California Fuel Cell Partnership
28.6 Canon
28.7 Casio
28.8 Ceramic Fuel Cells
28.9 Cellex Power
28.10 Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
28.11 Daimler AG
28.12 Entegris, Inc.
28.13 Eneos Celltech
28.14 Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd.
28.15 FuelCell Energy, Inc.
28.16 Hitachi
28.17 IdaTech LLC
28.18 Jadoo Power
28.19 Motorola
28.20 MTI Micro Fuel Cells
28.21 NTT DoCoMo Inc.
28.22 P21
28.23 Palcan Fuel Cells
28.24 Plug Power
28.25 Proton Energy Systems

29. Market Outlook for Fuel Cells

30. Appendix

31. Glossary
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- Acumentrics Corporation
- Altergy Systems
- Astris Energi Inc.
- Ballard Power Systems
- California Fuel Cell Partnership
- Canon
- Casio
- Ceramic Fuel Cells
- Cellex Power
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
- Daimler AG
- Entegris, Inc.
- Eneos Celltech
- Fuel Cell Technologies Ltd.
- FuelCell Energy, Inc.
- Hitachi
- IdaTech LLC
- Jadoo Power
- Motorola
- MTI Micro Fuel Cells
- NTT DoCoMo Inc.
- P21
- Palcan Fuel Cells
- Plug Power
- Proton Energy Systems
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