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Breakthrough Advancements in Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

  • Report

  • 65 Pages
  • September 2021
  • Region: Global
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 5448119

Advancements Driving Cost Effective Production of PEM Fuel Cells Enabling a Transition to Low Carbon Economy

Transition to a carbon-neutral energy economy requires a more environmentally-friendly energy carrier. Hydrogen and its multiple end-use applications play a huge role to contribute to the decarbonization of major sectors of the economy. Current power generating units cannot cater to emerging needs in the reduction of greenhouses gas emissions. Hydrogen-powered fuel cell offers several advantages such as consistent power, long autonomous operation and service life, high reliability, zero emissions. Powered by hydrogen, the fuel cell is one of the cleanest technologies of the future. The backup capacity of hydrogen fuel cells could vary from a few kW to over 1MW, and can be installed nearly anywhere. This research study titled “Breakthrough Advancements in Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells” focuses on the emerging innovations and the latest advancements in the Proton-Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell Technology landscape.

The findings and growth opportunities depicted in this study will help to drive the economic growth and technology revolution of the fuel cell industry. The study highlights the necessity for fuel cells and discusses the major challenges faced by PEM fuel cell technology development in gaining wide-scale commercial deployment.

The study provides a review of key research focus areas and technological challenges to overcome within PEM fuel cells. Additionally, it presents key stakeholders involved in technology development and notable developments. It also features patent landscaping of PEM fuel cells, highlighting key patent owners/assignees, and patent jurisdiction with the highest activity. The report outlines and describes the key factors influencing the PEMFC adoption, such as limited hydrogen refueling infrastructure, low manufacturing volume of key PEM fuel cell components. The report also highlights the emerging growth opportunities. Key emerging manufacturing technologies of PEM fuel cells are discussed, and technical and cost targets are also analyzed.

The growth opportunities in PEM fuel cell technology:

To achieve higher levels of penetration, it is extremely important to reduce PEM fuel cell stacks cost. In this respect, major advances should be made in the development of the mass-manufacturing process and increasing the production rate of manufacturing parts and assembling components.

PEM Fuel cells offer a very promising solution, as they can be operated with dramatically reduced climate-damaging emissions. With carbon pricing being introduced across many countries, industries are expected to move toward low-carbon energy carriers, including green hydrogen. Considering the current challenges facing the environment and meeting the required energy target, PEM fuel cells as a sustainable energy generating unit are realistic solutions.

The implementation and adoption of PEM fuel cells directly depend on the development of the supply infrastructure and the adaptability of the fuel cells to run on a wide range of fuels. Heavy investment and intensive support by public and private entities would be required to develop H2-refuelling stations. The widespread deployment of supporting infrastructure will drive the growth of hydrogen-based fuel cells technology in the future.

The study deeply illustrates the following:

  • PEM Fuel Cell - overview and current technology trends
  • Factors driving adoption and development of technologies
  • Key properties, drawbacks, PEM Fuel Cell components
  • Technology analysis, applications landscape and prospects
  • Technology ecosystem: innovations and key stakeholders
  • The patent landscape of PEM Fuel Cell
  • Growth opportunities in PEM Fuel Cell

Table of Contents

1. Strategic Imperatives
1.1 Why Is It Increasingly Difficult to Grow? The Strategic Imperative 8: Factors Creating Pressure on Growth
1.2 The Strategic Imperative 8
1.3 The Impact of the Top Three Strategic Imperatives on Growth of Proton-exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Technology
1.4 About the Growth Pipeline Engine
1.5 Growth Opportunities Fuel the Growth Pipeline Engine

2. Research Context and Summary of Findings
2.1 Research Context
2.2 Research Scope: Key Questions the Research Will Answer
2.3 Research Methodology
2.4 Key Findings in PEMFCs

3. PEMFC Technology-Overview
3.1 Fuel Cell Technology Promotes Future Zero Carbon Energy Economy
3.2 PEMFC Technology Components and Working Mechanism
3.3 PEMFC Technology - Key Drivers and Opportunities for Deployment
3.4 Industrial Decarbonization and Energy Efficiency are Expected to Drive Adoption of PEMFCs by 2030
3.5 Supportive Regulatory Framework and Renewable Energy Integration are Expected to Drive PEMFC Adoption by 2030
3.6 Key Restraints to Overcome for Successful Deployment of PEMFCs
3.7 PEMFC Restraints: High Material and System Costs
3.8 PEMFC Restraints: Poor Cell Performance
3.9 PEMFC Restraints: High Manufacturing Cost and Poor Combined Durability-system Cost
3.10 PEMFC Restraints: Low Durability and Stability of Cell Components

4. PEMFC Manufacturing Technologies
4.1 Current and Emerging Manufacturing Technologies Used to Produce Fuel Cell Stack Components
4.2 Emerging Manufacturing Technologies of PEMFC
4.3 Additive Manufacturing Technologies of PEMFC

5. Innovation Ecosystem- Companies to Watch
5.1 Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, Germany
5.2 SerEnergy, Denmark
5.3 Ballard Power Systems, Canada
5.4 Mpower Innovation, US
5.5 PowerCell Sweden AB, Sweden
5.6 Cummins Inc., US
5.7 Key Innovators and Product Developers of PEM
5.8 Key Innovators and Product Developers of MEA Components
5.9 Key Manufacturers of PEMFC Components and Stacks

6. IP Analysis of PEMFCs
6.1 Patent Activity for PEMFCs
6.2 Competitive Landscape in Patent Activity for PEMFCs

7. Technology Analysis and Application Prospect
7.1 Fuel Cell Systems Cost and Technical Objectives as Decisive Criteria for Commercialization
7.2 Cost and Performance Analysis of PEMFCs for Transportation Applications
7.3 Cost and Performance Analysis of PEMFCs for Stationary Applications
7.4 PEMFCs Provide Various Benefits for Different Applications
7.5 Application Future of PEMFCs

8. Growth Opportunities
8.1 Growth Opportunity: Mass Volume Production to Reduce PEMFC Cost, 2021
8.2 Growth Opportunity: Strong Focus on Clean Energy Sources Drives the Use of PEMFCs, 2021
8.3 Growth Opportunity: Hydrogen Infrastructure Development to Boost Deployment of PEMFCs, 2021

9. Key Industry Influencers
9.1 Industry Interactions

10. Next Steps
10.1 Your Next Steps
10.2 Why Now?
10.3 Legal Disclaimer

Companies Mentioned (Partial List)

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes, but is not limited to:

  • Ballard Power Systems
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Mpower Innovation
  • PowerCell Sweden AB
  • Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH
  • SerEnergy