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

Report # SH29821336 | 411 Pages | 117 Tables and Figures | 2004


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Fuel Cell Fuel Sources Market Assessment

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Fuel Cell Market Development

Governments Exists to Create Infrastructure

Alternative Fuel Sources for Fuel Cells

Fuel Cell Supply Infrastructure

End to End Fuel Source Parameter Analysis


H2, Essential to Power Fuel Cell Engines


Fuel Characteristics


Fuel Cell Operations

Methanol Fuel Cells

Fuel Cell Transportation Competitive Landscape

Economics of Fuel Cost

Fuel Cell Technology

Natural Gas and Hydrogen Fuel Delivery

Barriers to Alternative Fuel Use

Strategic Alliances

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

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).

Renewable energy is the only alternative for making hydrogen. Other sources of energy are more efficiently used directly. Natural gas should be used directly. Electricity is available in off peak hours to make some hydrogen. Otherwise, renewable sources are the most reasonable energy source for manufacturing hydrogen.

Fuel cells for buildings and homes might make good backup generators, but not daily energy sources. Hydrogen can be produced on Earth by water electrolysis. This process may be very efficient (in excess of 80%). There is always a catch. The process uses electricity. It therefore does not make much sense to use electricity to generate hydrogen to generate electricity.

The production of high purity hydrogen can happen via electrolysis for export. Hydro electricity is generally an attractive way to achieve power sources. The achievement of transporting the electricity efficiently over long distances is perhaps a more effective means of using hydropower than of converting the hydro power to manufacturing hydrogen.

The time scale of the market broadening for natural gas in the motor vehicle sector strongly depends on the build-up of a refueling infrastructure. Favorable conditions for alternative energy sources are expected to encourage vehicle production and consumer acceptance.

Over the longer term, the chemistry of fuel cells will be studied and mastered. At that time, renewal sources of energy including wind and solar power will be converted to hydrogen for use in the fuel cells. The high cost of the catalyst platinum is one of several deterrents to rapid implementation hydrogen infrastructure. Natural gas is an interim technology that can be used in local filling stations to manufacture hydrogen should that become economically attractive.

Renewable energy as a fuel source for hydrogen manufacture is what scientists think is needed. Infrastructure investment at $247 million in 2005 is expected to reach $25.2 billion by 2013. In this manner the global economy can evolve.

Estimated potential for the main alternative fuels by 2020: biomass derived fuels 15%, natural gas 10%, LPG 5% and hydrogen a few per cent.

Companies Profiled

Air Products
California Fuel Cell Partnership
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Energy Conversion Devices
Energy Partners Ltd.
FuelCell Energy
Fuel Cell Technologies
GE Energy
General Motors
GreenVolt Power
Hyundai Motor
Icelandic New Energy
Johnson Controls/Optima Batteries

Millennium Cell
Niagra Mowhawk Power Corp
Northeast Advanced Vehicle Consortium (NAVC)
Northen Power Systems
Proton Energy Systems
Plug Power
PSA Peugot Citroen
Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology
Siemens Westinghouse
Snow Leopard
Teledyne Technologies/Teledyne Energy Systems
Tokyo Gas
UTC Fuel Cells
Ultralife Batteries

Report Methodology

This is the two-hundred fourteenth 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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