Fuel Cell ComponentsMarket Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2005 to 2013

Report # SH29821388 | 418 Pages | 176 Tables and Figures | 2005

Fuel Cell Components Market Assessment

Check Out These Key Topics!
Fuel Cell Component Market Share Analysis
Fuel Cell Component Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA's) Forecasts
Market Driving Forces For Fuel Cell Components
Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell (PEFC)
Hydrogen Flow
Fuel Cell
Component Description
Basic Reactions
Vehicle Technology
Stack Issues
Types Of Fuel Cell Technology
Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Technology
Inside The PEM Fuel Cell
Storing Hydrogen
Hydrogen Supply and Container Infrastructure

Fuel Cell Components
Market Opportunities, Strategies, and Forecasts, 2005 to 2013

At the time the war in Iraq ended, the army and military had only a three-day supply of batteries left. The military had raided battery stores from bases all over the world; the battery factories were working 24 hours per day. There is significant incentive to develop fuel cells as a replacement for batteries. This fuel cell market will develop first.

The handheld digital device power markets will develop much faster because the units are disposable, the technology is easier, and the markets are likely to develop faster. Handsets for wireless communications are replaced on average every 19 months. Thus, the fuel cell power device does not have to have the reliability capabilities that the automotive fuel cells need to have to be competitive.

Micro fuel cells are used to replace batteries. Smart Fuel Cell AG SFC fuel cell cost reduction (SFC) has reached an important breakthrough in reducing the costs of micro fuel cells. A new membrane allows substitution of at least 50 percent of the expensive catalytic platinum.

The market driving force for fuel cells is the reality that fossil fuels are running out, and ultimately too expensive as an energy source. Wind and solar energy can be used to generate electricity, but the electricity is fleeting, it needs to be stored. Hydrogen is an effective storage means for electrical power. But hydrogen needs to be manufactured so that there is an energy source.

Manufacturing costs for fuel cell components make systems too expensive to be competitive at the current time. Investment is needed to decrease the component costs. Economies of scale are needed to make fuel cells competitive.

Fuel cell components are enabling fuel cell commercialization. Strategic suppliers to Ballard Power Systems are the most important component market participants as Ballard is a world leader in the development and commercialization of PEM fuel cells.

The fuel cell component markets are expected to be $171 million in 2004 as products being to teach the market commercially in all three categories of offerings: micro fuel cells to replace batteries, residential and backup power units, in busses, and in the personal transport markets. If the advances promised by current trends are accomplished, the fuel cell component markets reach $100 billion in 2013 for the combined segments.

Companies Profiled
Johnson Matthey
W. L. Gore and Associates
Altair Nonomaterials
Asahi Galss
Dow Chemical Company
GrafTech International
Hoku Scientific
ICM Plastics'
Mechanical Technology Incorporated (MTI)
NEC Corporation
SGL Technologies
Smart Fuel Cell

Report Methodology

This is the two hundred fortieth report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, and telephone equipment. 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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