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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:
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.
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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:
Emergency sectors are:
Residential, commercial, and military fuel cell companies are listed and detailed profiles have been prepared.
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