Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) June 05, 2013
The fuel cell industry in various forms has been developing for decades. There are notable examples of fuel cell successes. The PEMFC is emerging as a winner in many of the primary categories that fuel cells can satisfy. Existing membranes and assemblies still have room for improvement. PEMFC development and commercialization is an ever-changing process. This research analysis examines the market and technology for the materials and technology of proton exchange membranes and electrode assemblies and for bipolar plates for PEMFCs, including direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). This includes the gas diffusion layer (GDL), the catalyst ink/electrode, the membrane itself and the bipolar plate. Ancillary stack assembly materials such as bolts, gaskets, tie-outs, and final assembly and packaging costs are excluded.
This report “Materials for Proton Exchange Membranes and Membrane Electrode Assemblies for PEM Fuel Cells - http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/55375-materials-for-proton-exchange-membranes-and-membrane-electrode-as.html” details the actuals for 2007, 2011 and 2012 and compound annual growth rate (CAGR) projections for 2017. North American, European, Far Eastern and rest-of-world markets are covered. When appropriate, consensus, optimistic and pessimistic scenarios are presented. A patent analysis and discussion for power sources and vehicle components describe where research is performed and emphasize intellectual property issues. An extensive set of company profiles is provided.
This report provides:
- An overview of the global market for materials for proton exchange membranes and membrane electrode assemblies for PEM fuel cells
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2011 and 2012, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2017
- Examination of the market and technology for the materials and technology of proton exchange membranes and electrode assemblies, and for bipolar plates for PEMFCs, including direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs); this includes the gas diffusion layer (GDL), the catalyst ink/electrode, the membrane itself, and the bipolar plate; ancillary stack assembly materials such as bolts, gaskets, tie-outs, and final assembly and packaging costs are excluded
- Discussion of the the history and advancing technology of these components, the companies involved in these developments, the current and projected incentives, and the projected markets for such technologies
- Presentations of consensus, optimistic, and pessimistic scenarios
- Patent analysis and discussion for power sources and vehicle components, emphasizing intellectual property issues
- Comprehensive company profiles of major players.
This analysis focuses on the three main components of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) for proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC):
- Gaseous diffusion layers and bipolar plates.
- Catalysts and inks.
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Polymer membranes that are the electrolyte, and therefore the heart of the fuel cell, receive extra attention. The report also examines the history and advancing technology of these components, the companies involved in these developments, the current and projected incentives, and the projected markets for such technologies.
Identified as a practical solution to many of the technological and environmental problems facing the world today, the proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell is appropriate as a power source for transportation, stationary distributive power and small-scale applications such as portable electronic products. Applications for all types of fuel cells are still evolving. In the process of this evolution, the different proton exchange membrane materials and membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) will evolve and be adapted to more specific uses.
Identifying how researchers are searching for better membranes that have greater tolerances to poisoning, greater durability and lower costs is a major objective of the report. The U.S., Japanese, Chinese and European governments are pouring billions of dollars of loans, subsidies and outright grants into fuel cell research and development — and at the same time there has been a series of confrontations between Congress and President Obama's’ administration over continued fuel cell funding. This could be set to change with the exit of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu (no friend of fuel cells in general). Meanwhile, European and Far Eastern government subsidies have increased.
Commercialization of the fuel cell is not solely influenced by engineers and scientists working on stacks and reformers. (This is also brought about by subsidies by the government, lobbying efforts, venture capitalists and most of all by some consumers actually finding a need or desire for the product.) A major cost issue addressed is the critical issue of the catalyst component, both in terms of cost control and efficiency.
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