Over the next decade, fuel cell demand is expected to increase due to high petroleum prices, dependence on foreign oil, and continued environmental concerns. Fuel cells have potential in space and military applications, transportation, stationary uses, utility scale application, and in portable products.
This report examines emerging fuel cell technologies, including water fuel cells, regenerative fuel cells, stationary fuel cells, and more. Due to the advancements made in technology, new fuel cell types are rapidly being developed, and this report is a comprehensive guide to understanding these new fuel cells along with their various applications.
This report provides 70+ case studies of real-world fuel cell applications, and profiles major industry players.
Aerospace and motor vehicle fuel cell applications are projected to grow rapidly through 2013. The portable electronics market is expected to report the strongest advances through 2020. PEM fuel cells, which operate at low temperature and offer high energy densities, are projected to maintain their dominant market position through 2014. Use of fuel cells in portable electronics and power generation applications is expected to increase rapidly and to stimulate demand for DMFCs. In the near term.
Fuel cells are different from conventional electrochemical cell batteries in that they consume reactant from an external source, which must be replenished - a thermodynamically open system. By contrast, batteries store electrical energy chemically and hence represent a thermodynamically closed system.
Readers of this report will gain an understanding of fuel cells, and insight into this growing industry.
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Publication Date: January 2011
Publisher: Energy Business Reports