According to the International Trade Center (ITC), the trade of fuel cells that are particularly used in electric motors and generators was valued at $19.2 billion in 2018. Fuel cells have diverse domestic and commercial applications as they are indispensable parts of many machines in which chemical energy is converted into electrical energy. The fuel cell market was valued at $4.5 billion in 2018 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.38% from 2019 to 2025.
The federal governments of countries such as the U.S. and Canada are supporting the private companies that manufacture fuel cells. The fuel cell market is observing funding opportunities from the US Department of Energy (DOE), and the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) that belongs to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. On March 1, 2019, the DOE announced a $51.5m funding for research in technologies that power trucks and off-road vehicles. Similarly, other countries in North America had observed soaring sales of fuel cells recently. The North America fuel cell market held 33.27% share of the global market in 2018.
Fuel Cell Market Outlook:
Fuel cells such as hydrogen fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, and methane fuel cells are electrochemical cells that convert chemical energy into electrical energy. Fuel cell energy is required in domestic and commercial sectors, and it is also used to charge the fuel cell vehicles.
The application segment that is poised to create the most lucrative opportunities to the vendors in the fuel cell market is the stationary power application segment. This is mainly attributable to the application of fuel cells in generators, which are important standby electricity suppliers. Furthermore, there is expected to be an augmented application of fuel cells in the uninterruptible power supply market, which had a valuation of $10.5 billion to $11 billion in 2018, and the segment is poised to observe a substantial CAGR of 4% to 5%, which will further propel the fuel cell market. The stationary segment will observe a healthy CAGR of 16.94% through 2025.
Fuel Cell Market Growth Drivers:
The Application of Fuel Cells in the Automotive Industry –
According to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers (OICA), the number of vehicles manufactured in 2018 was 95,634,593. Furthermore, the future will observe an increment in the manufacturing of automobiles, and more so with the advent of electric vehicles, autonomous & semi-autonomous vehicles, and self-driven trucks. The growth prospects in the automotive sector will escalate the fuel cell market revenue in the future.
Commercial Applications Expanding the Fuel Cell Market Size –
A variety of fuel cells such as proton exchange membrane fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, solid polymer fuel cells, phosphoric acid fuel cells, and alkaline fuel cells are used in commercial buildings. Given that motors and generators have prominent applications in commercial buildings, the segment happens to be a lucrative fuel cell marketplace.
Fuel Cell Market Trends –
Latest Developments – Fuel cell catalyst technology has been constrained by two hurdles that include manufacturing costs and durability. However, there are innovations in the fuel cell market, and there will be alterations in the fuel cells stack technology. These innovations will significantly reduce the costs by reducing the usage of precious metals and improving the longevity of fuel cells through innovative designs in catalyst layers.
· In November 2018, Panasonic decided to commercialize the hydrogen fuel cell generator in order to accelerate initiatives to achieve a sustainable society by utilizing hydrogen energy. This trend will be adopted by a lot of organizations, and further drive the hydrogen fuel cell market and hydrogen market as well.
· In December 2018, Hydrogenics Corporation was awarded a contract for the design and supply of fuel cell power modules for a new lightweight aircraft. This will position the company in the aircraft fuel cells segment.
Fuel Cell Market Challenges –
Even though fuel cells are found to be excellent alternatives to internal combustion engines that aren’t environment-friendly, fuel cells are yet to penetrate various industries and replace the conventional form of energy, which is limiting the expansion of the fuel cell market. Furthermore, the vendors are striving to optimize the pricing according to the end-user criteria in order to thrive on the demand, which is picking up pace. Another factor that is constraining the growth of the customer-base is the reliability of fuel cells. However, manufacturers are making hefty investments into R&D, and the future is poised to observe some innovations that will disrupt the fuel cell market.
Fuel Cell Market Key Players Perspective –
The major players that are battling for the fuel cell market share are Ballard Power Systems Inc., Toshiba Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, Hydrogenics Corporation, Fuel Cell Energy, Inc., Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited, Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., Doosan Fuel Cell America, Nuvera Fuel Cells, SFC Group, Bloom Energy, Nedstack Fuel Cell Technology B.V., Plug Power, UTC Power Corp., and Arcola Energy.
Fuel Cell Market Research Scope:
The base year of the study is 2018, with forecast done up to 2025. The study presents a thorough analysis of the competitive landscape, taking into account the market shares of the leading companies. It also provides information on unit shipments. These provide the key market participants with the necessary business intelligence and help them understand the future of the fuel cell market. The assessment includes the forecast, an overview of the competitive structure, the market shares of the competitors, as well as the market trends, market demands, market drivers, market challenges, and product analysis. The market drivers and restraints have been assessed to fathom their impact over the forecast period. This report further identifies the key opportunities for growth while also detailing the key challenges and possible threats. The fuel cell market research report also analyzes the applications of the devices in the commercial, consumer product, and automobile sectors.
Fuel Cell Market Report: Industry Coverage
This report also documents the product based on types, which include metal hydride fuel cell, DFAFC, and UMFC.
The fuel cell market report also analyzes the major geographic regions as well as the major countries in these regions. The regions and countries covered in the study include:
Key Questions Addressed in the Fuel Cell Market Report
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