GLOBE-Net, September 5, 2012 - The
latest Fuel Cell Industry Review reports that annual fuel
cell system shipments in 2011 were 24,600 - growing by 39% compared
to 2010, led by increases in the stationary power sector.
2011 was by far the most successful year to date in the history
of fuel cells with annual megawatts (MW) shipped exceeding 100 MW
for the first time as commercialisation of the industry took hold.
Growth in shipments was recorded in the majority of applications
and Fuel Cell Today expects all sectors to grow through 2012.
The Fuel Cell Industry Review
2012 forecasts annual shipments in 2012 will
triple compared to 2011 to reach a total of over 78,000 for the
full year. Annual megawatts shipped are expected to grow by over
60%, to around 176 MW.
By the end of 2011, 215 hydrogen
refuelling stations were in operation worldwide with
twelve new stations being added that year. The stations are
located in Europe (85), North America (80), Asia Paciﬁ c (47)
and the Rest of the World (3).
Increases are expected across all application categories with
significant growth in small stationary fuel cell systems,
particularly in Japan.
However, the most dramatic growth in 2012 system shipments will
be from the portable sector with the widespread commercial release
of fuel cell chargers for consumer electronics.
Large stationary power deployments in South Korea and North
America are expected to boost the annual megawatt figure
Commenting on the launch of the Fuel Cell Industry Review Dr Dan
Carter, manager of Fuel Cell Today, said: "2011 was a very exciting
year for fuel cells, the technology is proven commercially in many
applications and in some cases fuel cells are now selling without
subsidies. We expect 2012 to be even more successful than 2011 and
could expect the first fuel cell companies to become profitable in
the coming year".
In June 2012, Ballard announced the trial of 50 Dantherm
systems at 30 sites in China Mobile's telecommunications
network; China Mobile is looking for a
cost-effective replacement for lead-acid batteries and, if
successful, the trials will lead to commercial
The Fuel Cell Industry Review 2012 is the second edition of Fuel
Cell Today's free annual publication which presents a global
summary of developments in the fuel cell industry during the past
four years, a forecast for the current year and an outlook for the
The Current State of the Industry chapter covers
developments during 2011 and the first half of 2012, discussing
each sub-application in turn, followed by regional developments and
the latest update for each main fuel cell type.
The Outlook chapter discusses Fuel Cell Today's expectations for
the full year 2012 and also includes commentary for each of the
three main applications covering high-profile global developments
taking place in the next three to five years.
This chapter also contains three special features: the first
analyses the impact of government funding on fuel cell adoption,
focusing on the success of fuel cell projects funded under the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; the second looks at
the interest in fuel cells to power data centres; and the third
special feature assesses the attitude of the current US Government
to fuel cells and transport.
Tables of data can be found at the back of the Fuel Cell
Industry Review, including historical information dating back to
Data are presented for each year in terms of annual system
shipments and the total size of those systems in megawatts, both
divided by application, region and fuel cell type.
The Fuel Cell Industry Review 2012 is available as a free
download. Printed copies are available upon request. To download
the PDF of the Review directly click here.