The global proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) and membrane electrode assembly (MEA) market reached $444 million in 2012. The market is expected to reach $1.2 billion in 2017 for a CAGR of 22.1%.
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The fuel cell industry in various forms has been developing for decades. There are notable examples of fuel cell successes. The PEMFC is emerging as a winner in many of the primary categories that fuel cells can satisfy. Existing membranes and assemblies still have room for improvement. PEMFC development and commercialization is an ever-changing process. This BCC Research analysis examines the market and technology for the materials and technology of proton exchange membranes and electrode assemblies and for bipolar plates for PEMFCs, including direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs). This includes the gas diffusion layer (GDL), the catalyst ink/electrode, the membrane itself and the bipolar plate. Ancillary stack assembly materials such as bolts, gaskets, tie-outs, and final assembly and packaging costs are excluded.
This report details the actuals for 2007, 2011 and 2012 and compound annual growth rate (CAGR) projections for 2017. North American, European, Far Eastern and rest-of-world markets are covered. When appropriate, consensus, optimistic and pessimistic scenarios are presented. A patent analysis and discussion for power sources and vehicle components describes where research is performed and emphasizes intellectual property issues. An extensive set of company profiles is provided.
This report’s project analyst, Donald Saxman, edited the BCC Research newsletter, Fuel Cell Industry Report and has founded several other BCC newsletters. Saxman has more than 28 years of experience in market analysis, technical writing and newsletter editing. Since 1983, he has operated as a technical market consultant and subcontractor to BCC Research, and in this capacity, he has prepared more than 80 technology market research reports, including many that covered battery technology and battery markets. His previous experience includes supervision of a quality-control laboratory at a major secondary lead refinery, experience as an analytical chemist at a hazardous waste testing service, product assurance manager for a space station life-support-system project and an information technology business analyst and project manager.