Global PEMFC and membrane electrode assembly(MEA) market to grow to $1.2 billion by 2017.
Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs) are emerging as an appropriatepower source for transportation, stationary distributive power and small-scaleapplications such as portable electronic products.PEMFCs are expected to play animportant role in achieving energy security, improving the environment, reducingurban pollution, and creating jobs in the manufacturing arena as the technologyadvances. The U.S., Japanese, Chinese and European governments are pouringbillions of dollars of loans, subsidies and outright grants into fuel cell research anddevelopment. The applications for all types of fuel cells are still evolving. In the process of thisevolution, the different proton exchange membrane materials and membraneelectrode assemblies (MEAs) will evolve and be adapted to more specific uses.BCC Research examined the market and technology for the materials andtechnology of proton exchange membranes and electrode assemblies and bipolarplates for PEMFCs, including direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) through itspublished report:
.According to the report, the global proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC)and membrane electrode assembly (MEA) market reached $444 million in 2012. Themarket is expected to reach $1.2 billion in 2017 at a compound annual growth rate(CAGR) of 22.1%. This study analyzes components of PEMFC, a technology offering the promise of greatly reduced environmental impact and excellent performance, price, andefficiency advantages. Recent historic developments and approaches are describedalong with recent commercial developments. The analysis presented in this study focuses on the three main components of membrane electrode assembly (MEA) for proton exchange membrane fuel cell(PEMFC):
Gaseous diffusion layers and bipolar plates
Catalysts and inksAccording to BCC Research, PEMFCs have a part in securing energy security for thecountry, improving the environment, greatly reducing urban pollution and creating jobs in manufacturing as the technology advances. PEMFCs can also provide a cost-effective and performance-driven rival for advanced batteries. This report will be of interest to a variety of current and potential fuel cell users andmakers, business, technical, investment, and regulatory professionals as well as