Fuel Cells

The 4th Energy Wave Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Forecasts, 2016

January 2016

We summarise the fuel cell and hydrogen industry forecasts by the 4th Energy Wave. For the full publication or for more information visit www.4thenergywave.com.

1. Increased relationships between the fuel cell and oil and gas industry

In terms of the fuel cell sector, there are a number of areas in which the relationship with the oil and gas industry will increase in 2016:


The oil industry has a large, diverse and efficient supply chain, and it is no surprise that there are a number of lessons that the fuel cell sector could learn from it. As well as theoretical improvements, there are clearly a number of areas in which the current stranded oil assets could be re-tooled and used in the fuel cell industry.


The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Annual Review 2015

altThe 2015 Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Annual Review, a FREE 70 page report, was published by 4th Energy Wave in July 2015. The report provides a primarily data driven, analytical overview of the growth of the fuel cell and hydrogen industries in 2014, outlining key developments in terms of MWs of product shipped, revenue growth, platinum consumption, jobs created and industry structure.

Sectors covered by the report range from the automotive industry to energy storage. The report also includes profiles - with SWOT analysis - of ten companies considered by 4th Energy Wave to have the potential to catapult the fuel cell and hydrogen sectors into profitability and mass market acceptability.

To access the Report, please click here or on the logo.

To read the company profiles, click on the links below:

bloom energy


fuji electric

ge (general electric)


intelligent energy

itm power  


nel hydrogen



Fuel cell cars: not science fiction!

First published on the Cleantech Investor website, 4 April 2014

Hyundai Fuel Cell Vehicle ouside City Hall, London (2012)A hydrogen future is becoming a reality in London and five other European cities, with the launch of the HyFive (Hydrogen For Innovative Vehicles), project, the largest of its kind in Europe. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, says HyFive - which involves a fleet 110 fuel cell vehicles - will demonstrate that hydrogen “is not science fiction”. A total of 110 hydrogen fuel cell cars will be deployed throughout six European cities (Bolzano, Copenhagen, Innsbruck, London, Munich and Stuttgart), alongside the development of hydrogen refuelling station clusters. The project, funded to the tune of €38 million (£31 million) by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and the industrial partners, is being co-ordinated by the Mayor of London’s Office.

The FCH JU is contributing funding of €18 million with the balance of €20 million coming from the partners. The vehicles will be supplied by BMW, Daimler, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota. And hydrogen fuel companies involved in the project include Air Products, Copenhagen Hydrogen Network, ITM Power, Linde and OMV. Hydrogen filling stations will be built and operated in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Italy and the UK. All refuelling stations share internationally agreed fuel and re-fuelling standards.


Methanol and Fuel Cells: Range Extenders for BEV

altA Fuel Cell Today Analyst View, by Dan Carter, republished courtesy of Fuel Cell Today



Methanol is an attractive fuel for a wide variety of fuel cell applications. It is currently enjoying success across the world in various stationary applications, is of interest to the military in a number of countries to fuel portable fuel cells and is also extending the range and operational lifetime of batteries powering a small number of niche transport applications, such as materials handling vehicles. We have written a number of Analyst Views on the subject over the past two years covering the applications mentioned above, discussing methanol’s environmental credentials and the potential to generate renewable methanol, and most recently the work by Danish company Serenergy which was demonstrating the potential for methanol to power range extenders for small battery electric city cars. The major automotive OEMs however have not shown interest in the technology for many years, instead focussing on compressed hydrogen storage in combination with low-temperature fuel cells; that is until earlier this year.

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