Fuel Cell Transporation Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2007 to 2013

Report # SH25825334 | 481 PAGES | 182 TABLES AND FIGURES | 2005

Fuel Cell Transportation Market Assessment

Check Out These Key Topics!
Fule Cell Vehicle Market Shares
Total Cell Transportation Market Development
Hydrogen Gas, H2, Essential to Power Fuel Cell Engines
Conventional Transportation Energy Devices
Fuel Cell Transportation Competetive Landscape
Vehicular Applications For Fuel Cells
Fuel Cell vs Internal Combustion Engine
Types of Fuel Cell Technology
Hydrogen Flow
Fuel Cell Testing
Fuel Cell Stack Issues
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies
Advanced Hybrid Systems

Fuel Cell Transportation
Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2007 to 2013

Commercialization of fuel cells for transportation relate to making vehicle fuel cells cost competitive. Challenges are low-cost infrastructure, range, and power density. Cost reduction, component integration, complexity reduction, and increasing safety are needed.

Innovative changes in vehicle design and materials to reduce vehicle weight and improve aerodynamics will benefit fuel cell vehicles as well as conventional vehicles. The use of platinum is a central issue. Platinum is used in the core of the PEM fuel cell that is used for transport. The price of the core has to be drastically reduced for fuel cell vehicles to be viable. A unique and integrated fuel cell power system is aimed directly at low output applications where smaller internal combustion engines (ICE) and batteries are the power source. These include personal transport and fleet type vehicles used in closed range environments (airports, amusement parks, golf courses, malls, delivery circuits). Two and three wheeled scooters represent a target market. Stationary, marine and portable power applications are a target market. Hybrid and personal power represent the most likely avenue for fuel cell vehicular development. People will begin to own more than one vehicle. The personal vehicle will provide for moving around a local region, back and forth to work and around town to activities and stores. These personal vehicles will be very comfortable with music and good seating. The will be good for fuel cells because they will be small and suitable for one or two people at the most. Not much power is needed as the speeds are slow and the pickup not demanding. Major issues affecting the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell automobiles are the cost of the fuel, building of requisite fueling infrastructure, and vehicle range. Range is limited to on-board storage ability. A hydrogen economy is a challenge that transcends the ability of industry and depends on governments to deliver necessary infrastructure. The capacity of the individual major stakeholders is limited to providing components of the fuel cell and hydrogen economy.

Governments exist to create infrastructure that is useful to the culture sustained within national borders. There are significant infrastructure investments that need to be made to make fuel cells a reality. These are the task of government. Table 3- illustrates fuel cell infrastructure investment needed.

The cost of new infrastructure for fuel cell refueling raises from $2 billion per year initially to $21 billion per year by 2010. This cost will likely be borne by governments as well as private industry. Market growth depends on $5 billion infrastructure investment in local hydrogen manufacture for fuel cells. It represents an environmentally sound investment in environmentally clean fuel. It further represents a very sound business investment that will reap enormous returns for the investors over many years.

Total vehicle fuel cell markets for autos at $772.7 million in 2007 will grow to $98 billion by 2013. Commercial introduction means that auto, bus, and truck segments will grow. Cars that use fuel cell systems are evolving sophisticated capability. By the end of the forecast period, trucks are expected to account for the largest portion of spending.

Companies Profiled
Toyota Motor Corporation
Global Thermoelectric
Fuel Cell Technologies
Avista Labs
Ebara Ballard
FuelCell Energy
GE Microgen
UTC Fuel Cells
General Motors
H Power
Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd
Plug Power
Proton Energy Systems
Sanyo Electric
Siemens Westinghouse Power
Teledyne Energy Systems

Report Methodology

This is the two-hundred thirteenth report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, telephone equipment, and energy. The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report. They have significant experience preparing industry studies. Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary data bases. Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments. Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the segment. Market share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share. Over 200 in-depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.

About the Company

WinterGreen Research, founded in 1985, provides strategic market assessments in telecommunications, communications equipment, health care, and advanced computer technology. Industry reports focus on opportunities that will expand existing markets or develop major new markets. The reports assess new product and service positioning strategies, new and evolving technologies, and technological impact on products, services, and markets. Market shares are provided. Leading market participants are profiled, and their marketing strategies, acquisitions, and strategic alliances are discussed. The principals of WinterGreen Research have been involved in analysis and forecasting of international business opportunities in telecommunications and advanced computer technology markets for over 30 years.

About the Principal Authors

Ellen T. Curtiss, Technical Director, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, conducts strategic and market assessments in technology-based industries. Previously she was a member of the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc., for 23 years, most recently as Vice President of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, specializing in strategic planning and market development services. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She is the author of recent studies on worldwide telecommunications markets and the Top Ten Telecommunications market analysis and forecasts.

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications. She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing. She is the author of recent studies of the Regional Bell Operating Companies' marketing strategies, Internet equipment, a study of Internet Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, and Application Integration markets. Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.

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