The market for fuel cells exceeded $1.3 billion in worldwide sales during 2013, according to a recently released report from the US Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO).
Notable findings in 2013, according to the 2013 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report, include:
• About 35,000 fuel cell systems were shipped in 2013, an increase of 26 percent over 2012, and 400 percent more than 2008.
• 150 MW of stationary fuel cells shipped worldwide in 2013, an increase of 24 percent over 2012 and 244 percent over 2008.
• In the US, a 14.9 MW fuel cell power park opened in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
• Installation of the world’s largest fuel cell power plant, 59 MW, began in Korea.
• H2USA, a public-private partnership focused on advancing the hydrogen infrastructure in the US, was launched and by the end of 2013, had 25 members.
• The UK launched a similar initiative with UKH2Mobility
• The European Commission proposed US$1.8 billion to fund its fuel cell program, FCH JU, until 2024–a 27 percent increase over the last phase.
• Deployments and orders of fuel cells for telecommunications backup expanded into the Middle East, China, Philippines, and other international markets.
• With an addition of 175+ fuel cell-powered material handling vehicles to its existing fleet in Spartanburg, South Carolina, BMW now claims the largest number at a single location in North America and arguably in the world