The Fast Emerging Fuel Cell Sector
Delta-ee increasingly applies its distributed power research and data capabilities to the fast emerging fuel cell sector.
Fuel cells generate electricity via an electrochemical reaction in which a hydrogen-rich fuel combines with oxygen to form water and release energy – quietly and with no moving parts.
Our research covers the main fuel cell types in applications > 5 KWe:
- SOFC - Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
- PEM - Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells
- DM - Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
Since these different types offer different operational characteristics, they can be used in a range of applications including:
- The provision of continuous power (including uninterruptable power supplies),
- Flexible operation to meet the changing demands of an on-site consumer, and
- The provision of an emergency back-up power supply.
Our research covers markets for all these key fuel cell applications, as well as assessing the highly dynamic evolution of new products, improving performance and prospects for cost reduction.
- Over 20 years of international distributed power market analysis experience.
- An extensive international network of fuel cell industry contacts.
- A strong track record of high quality client delivery. See below for examples of research we carry out in this sector.
Examples of Recent Research on International Fuel Cell Markets
European Fuel Cell Study - 100 - 2,000 kWe
Major European Utility
Delta-ee provided this client with an independent view of the opportunities for fuel cells in the 100 kWe to 2MWe size range in key European markets. We considered performance characteristics, costs, possible applications, the main fuel cell players and competition from conventional technologies to provide a recommendation on whether there would be commercial opportunities to exploit in the next 2 to 4 years.
The commercial opportunity for SOFCs in Europe < 100 kWe
Major SOFC technology developer
Delta-ee was invited by a leading international SOFC technology developer to provide a quantitative analysis of the European market opportunity for a CHP product up to 2020. We also provided a detailed view of the opportunity, by end user segment, in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. Our client used our research to inform its decision on the type and size of CHP product to develop, to determine cost targets for fuel cell products, and to identify potential OEM partners.