Fuel cells and hydrogen have the potential to transform the energy landscape, offering a range of solutions to the challenges around economic growth, decarbonisation, energy security and fuel poverty in a variety of applications.
In stationary market, fuel cells are an enabling technology for residential CHP with efficiencies in range of 80-90%. Over the next few years, fuel cell microCHP units will revolutionise domestic electricity production, room and water heating offering significant carbon emissions reductions. Already, over 11,000 stationary fuel cells have been deployed annually.
In transport, passenger fuel cell vehicles operating on fossil-derived hydrogen offer 50% reductions in carbon emissions when compared to conventional petrol vehicles, and produce no carbon when the hydrogen is derived from renewable sources. A mass produced fuel cell vehicle with 350-mile all-electric range is projected to cost less than plug-in hybrid and full battery-electric vehicle There are already more than 150 hydrogen refuelling stations operating worldwide.
Finally fuel cell powered portable equipment offers the benefits of silent operation, low weight, long run and no charging time. In 2008 alone, more than 10,000 portable fuel cell units were shipped worldwide.
Commercialisation is already underway in early markets and mainstream applications will become accessible in less than five years. During this critical period, the opportunities for knowledge sharing, stimulation of new collaborations and support for innovation which the Energy Generation and Supply Knowledge Transfer Network (EG&S KTN) can bring will be invaluable.
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