Includes a breakdown of the types of fuel cells, including solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) as well as Market segmentation by residential; commercial; transportation; police, fire, and rescue; and military
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This report considers residential, commercial and military medium-sized power generation applications for fuel cells too large to be easily portable and smaller utility-scale units. Fuel cells used to power vehicles or small portable products are not considered. The market is divided into three main categories:
- Combined Heating and Power (CHP)
- Auxiliary Power Units (APU)
Fuel cell types most appropriate for these applications include Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), but other types, like molten carbonate, alkaline and phosphoric acid fuel cells, can be used in some specific medium-sized applications.
CHP fuel cells integrate the production of usable heat and power (electricity) in one single, highly efficient process. CHP generates electricity whilst also capturing usable heat that is produced in this process. This contrasts with conventional ways of generating electricity whereby a vast amount of heat is simply wasted. In today’s coal- and gas-fired power stations, up to two-thirds of the overall energy consumed is lost in this way—often seen as a cloud of steam rising from cooling towers. Their relative sophistication means that the overall efficiency of CHP plants can reach in excess of 80% at the point of use. Auxiliary power units (APUs) and emergency power fuel cells only generate electricity (not heat). The distinction between an APU and an emergency power unit depends on the service profile: continuous versus standby/intermittent. Advantages include long service life, ability to operate using a variety of fuels and relatively low cost for the functionality. Specific applications include emergency or backup power for residences or commercial facilities, telecommunications backup power supplies, signage power, recreational vehicle power, aircraft auxiliary power, and anti-idling power for commercial diesel vehicles. Power generators provide off-grid power during a blackout, in emergencies, in remote locations or when vehicles are parked.
SCOPE AND FORMAT
This report discusses the values of the North American, European, Far Eastern and Rest-of-World markets. Target markets are based on optimistic, pessimistic, and consensus alternatives.
Fuel cell applications are described and analyzed. The following applications are considered:
Combined heat and power (CHP) sectors are:
Auxiliary power unit (APU) sectors are:
- Recreational Vehicles
Emergency sectors are:
- Residential/Commercial (including uninterruptible power systems)
Residential, commercial, and military fuel cell companies are listed and detailed profiles have been prepared.
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Companies Profiled covered in this report:
- Acal Energy Ltd.
- Acta Spa.
- Acumentrics Holding Corp.
- Adelan U.K., Ltd.
- Afc Energy
- Alpps Fuel Cell Systems
- Alstom Technology, Inc.
- Ariston Thermo Group
- The Babcock & Wilcox Co. (Mcdermott International)
- Babcock-Hitachi K.K.
- Ballard Power Systems
- Bloom Energy
- Ceramic Fuel Cells, Ltd.
- Ceres Power Holdings
- Cmr Prototech
- Cummins Power Generation, Inc.
- Dana Canada Corp.
- Ddi Energy
- Delphi Automotive
- Edison Electric Institute
- Elcogen As
- Entwicklungs Und Vertriebsgesellschaft Brennstoffzelle
- Fuel Cell Technologies
- Fuelcell Energy, Inc.
- Fuji Electric Co.
- Future E Fuel Cell Solutions Gmbh
- General Electric Company
- General Motors Corp.
- George Westinghouse Research And Technology Park
- Global Resource Energy Inc.
- Golden Energy Fuel Cell Co., Ltd.
- Haldor Topsoe A/S/Topsoe Fuel Cell
- H Power Corp.
- Horizon Fuel Cells And Riversimple
- Hydrogenics Corp.
- Idatech, Llc
- Itm Power
- Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
- Linde Boc
- Loganenergy Corp.
- Meidensha Corp.
- Meridian Energy, Ltd.
- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
- National Fuel Cell Research Center
- Neah Power
- Nedstack Fuel Cell Technology
- Nextech Materials, Ltd.
- Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp.
- Ontario Power Generation, Inc.
- Palcan Fuel Cells, Ltd.
- Plug Power, Inc.
- Pohang Iron And Steel Company (Posco)
- Proton Power Systems
- Reliant Energy Power Systems
- Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems, Ltd.
- Shell Hydrogen Bv
- Siemens Power Generation, Inc.
- Smart Fuel Cell Ag (Sfc)
- Sofcpower Slc
- Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance
- Staxera Gmbh (Sunfire)
- Sulzer Hexis Ag
- Sumitomo Corp.
- Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.
- Toshiba Fuel Cell Power Systems Corp.
- Ultra Electronics Ami
- United Technologies
- Vaillant Gmbh
- Versa Power Systems, Inc.
- Violet Fuel Cell Sticks
- Wartsila Corp.
- Watt Fuel Cell Corp.
- Webasto Ag
- Worldwide Energy, Llc
- Ztek Corp.
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