“While a number of companies have exited the fuel cell sector in the last year, government mandates for cleaner and more resilient power production are fueling a sharp increase in market demand,” said research director Kerry-Ann Adamson. “At the same time, a number of new business models are being adopted in order to meet this demand, including energy service companies, independent power producers, and cooperative energy companies. These are making stationary fuel cells a much more standardized option that can be considered as part of the overall energy mix.”
Overall, in terms of addressing market need, 2012 has seen a growing realism entering the stationary fuel cell industry, according to the report. Through late 2011, many fuel cell providers continued to assume that if they created a product, the market would change its requirements and adopt the new system. This unrealistic assessment of the market has subsided, and companies are creating products for markets where real needs exists — using locally available fuels, systems created to be maintained by local engineers and technicians, and systems that do not require very limited operating temperature ranges.
Publication date: 1/28/2013