Fuel Cell Technology and Market Potential

9781607256403: Fuel Cell Technology and Market Potential
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The global fuel cell industry is expected to generate more than $18.6 billion in 2013. Fuel cell sales will come from three main market applications: automotive, stationary, and portables. projected sales could generate nearly $35 billion if market conditions improved for automotive fuel cells."" This comprehensive new report explains the fuel cell market, identifies the current and future state of the fuel cell industry, and details industry initiatives and potential. It includes a special section on Micro Fuel Cell Technology and Potential. Excerpt Fuel cells provide direct current (DC) voltage that can be used to power motors, lights, or electrical appliances. Like batteries, fuel cells can be recharged while operating. They compete with other types of energy conversion devices such as gas turbines in power plants, gasoline engines in vehicles, and batteries in laptop computers. Fuel cells have the potential to become the dominant technology for automotive engines, power stations, and power packs for portable electronics. The percentage of fuel cell units manufactured and sold by technology type has remained fairly steady in recent years. Overall, the market continues to be dominated by PEMFC, the most flexible and market-adaptable fuel cell technology. However, other types of fuel cells are slowly gaining acceptance, creating a more dynamic and robust industry. At the larger end of the fuel cell scale, molten carbonate cells are dominant, with FuelCell Energy selling the most MCFCs. Solid oxide cells are still struggling to make the jump from the research lab to the market and to find practical applications. Phosphoric acid fuel cell unit numbers remained practically unchanged in 2005, and thus the cumulative market share went down, but this trend is expected to change within two years when UTC releases a new enhanced PAFC with a lifespan of 80,000 operating hours, the highest in the market...

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