Worldwide Micro Fuel Cell Market Shares Strategies, and Forecasts, 2009-2015

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Micro Fuel Cells Provide Increased Energy Density

Check Out These Key Topics
MOBILE LIFE FUEL CELL POWER
PERSISTENT COMPUTING EXTENDED POWER
FIRST RESPONDER
Portable Medical Equipment
Laptop Computer Power
CONSUMER ELECTRONICS PORTABLE POWER
INSTANT RECHARGE FOR CONTINUOUS COMPUTING
FUEL CELL REFERENCE MODEL
HYBRID TECHNOLOGIES
FUEL CELL CARTRIDGES APPROVED FOR COMMERCIAL AIRCRAFT
MICRO FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY DECREASES THE WEIGHT SOLDIERS CARRY
Global Warming Drives Micro Fuel Cell Energy Adoption
Fuel Cell Efficiency
Fuel Cell Electrochemical Converter
Clean Energy
DMFC Fuel Cells
Micro Fuel Cell Hours Of Operation
Power Degradation
Cathode Catalysts

Worldwide Micro Fuel Cell Market Shares Strategies, and Forecasts, 2009-2015

 

Micro fuel cells address demand for higher energy density and longer lasting portable power devices. Micro fuel cells provide longer lasting energy sources for digital electronics. Micro fuel cells provide a hybrid storage technology that supports long term reliable portable electronics power. Renewable energy is base source for charging batteries, but micro fuel cell alternative charging is needed to provide power continuity. Batteries are a chemical process, but current devices do not last long enough. Fuel cells are one of several evolving technologies that promise to provide more reliable, longer portable power.

Micro fuel cell component costs continue to be an issue. Micro fuel cells are expected to be an expensive alternative to thin film batteries, providing hybrid technology that is needed for power continuity, but not basic power sources in most cases throughout the forecast period.

Economies of scale do not entirely solve the inherent high costs of high grade metallic catalysts used in micro fuel cells. More catalyst price reductions are needed to make micro fuel cells competitive with thin film batteries. Micro fuel cells are useful in many particular situations.

The direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) portable power market for notebook computers, mobile phones, and other portable electronic devices is expected to grow significantly. Leading electronics manufacturers and innovative start-up companies are introducing products. Micro fuel cells are anticipated to work in combination with thin film batteries, creating hybrid power systems. Hybrid markets are expected to achieve market growth as the batteries are less expensive than the micro fuel cells. The micro fuel cells are useful for charging thin film batteries.

Micro fuel cell markets are at $75 million at the end of 2008. By 2015, micro fuel cell markets reach $5.59 billion. Another related segment, portable fuel cells used in bicycles and similar large portable devices represent a similar market opportunity. The micro fuel cells represent power for devices that include a range of PC, handset, PDA, and digital device segments in a variety of industry, military, and health care segments.

Companies Profiled
Toshiba
Mechanical Technology Incorporated (MTI)
Medis Technologies
Altair Nanomaterials
Angstrom Power
Asahi Glass
Ballard
BASF / E-TEK
BASF Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
Ceramic Fuel Cells
Gore
GrafTech International
Heliocentris Fuel Cells AG
Horizon
ICM Plastics
JMC / Tekion

Smart Fuel Cells (SFC)
PolyFuel
BASF
Johnson Matthey
Manhattan Scientifics
Masterflex AG
Microcell
Millennium Cell Liquidation Plan
System Design Program
Sanyo / Hoku Scientific
SGL Technologies
Electric Automotive Vehicle Smart Fuel Cell Battery Charger
Solvay
Tatung System Technologies
UltraCell
BASF Venture Capital / UltraCell



Report Methodology

This is the 395th report in a series of market research reports that provide forecasts in communications, telecommunications, the internet, computer, software, and telephone equipment. The project leaders take direct responsibility for writing and preparing each report. They have significant experience preparing industry studies. Forecasts are based on primary research and proprietary data bases. Forecasts reflect analysis of the market trends in the segment and related segments. Unit and dollar shipments are analyzed through consideration of dollar volume of each market participation in the segment. Market share analysis includes conversations with key customers of products, industry segment leaders, marketing directors, distributors, leading market participants, and companies seeking to develop measurable market share. Over 200 in-depth interviews are conducted for each report with a broad range of key participants and opinion leaders in the market segment.

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WinterGreen Research, founded in 1985, provides strategic market assessments in telecommunications, communications equipment, health care, and advanced computer technology. Industry reports focus on opportunities that will expand existing markets or develop major new markets. The reports assess new product and service positioning strategies, new and evolving technologies, and technological impact on products, services, and markets. Market shares are provided. Leading market participants are profiled, and their marketing strategies, acquisitions, and strategic alliances are discussed. The principals of WinterGreen Research have been involved in analysis and forecasting of international business opportunities in telecommunications and advanced computer technology markets for over 30 years.

About the Principal Authors

Ellen T. Curtiss, Technical Director, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, conducts strategic and market assessments in technology-based industries. Previously she was a member of the staff of Arthur D. Little, Inc., for 23 years, most recently as Vice President of Arthur D. Little Decision Resources, specializing in strategic planning and market development services. She is a graduate of Boston University and the Program for Management Development at Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. She is the author of recent studies on worldwide telecommunications markets and the Top Ten Telecommunications market analysis and forecasts.

Susan Eustis, President, co-founder of WinterGreen Research, has done research in communications and computer markets and applications. She holds several patents in microcomputing and parallel processing. She is the author of recent studies of the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) marketing strategies, Internet software, a study of Push to Talk Equipment, Worldwide Telecommunications Equipment, Top Ten Telecommunications, Digital Loop Carrier, Web Hosting, Business Process Management, Servers, Blades, the Mainframe as a Green Machine, and Application Server markets. Ms. Eustis is a graduate of Barnard College.

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