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Fuel cell update Q1’20: Breakthrough Innovation & Technology Landscape

About this webinar

This webinar forms part of a webinar series covering techno-commercial innovation across key technology domains for future Electrified & Sustainable Propulsion, including fuel cells, battery energy storage, and quick and wireless charging. 

Fuel cell technology could complement battery technology and accelerate electrification

Adoption of fuel cell technology in cars is still in its infancy in 2020, with approximately five thousand cars sold in China and Europe in 2019. But incentives in terms of subsidies in China, which saw fuel cell car sales grow by 80% in 2019 according to CAAM, government support in infrastructure and increased player activity point to strong interest from the industry.

Faurecia and Michelin believe that hydrogen-powered vehicles will amount to 2 million vehicles in 2030 of which 350,000 trucks. Therefore, in Nov’19, they created a Joint-venture –SYMBIO- which aims to capture 25% of the rising market and achieve a turnover of around 1.5 billion euros by 2030.

But is fuel cell ready for prime time?

Research work to improve the performance of fuel cells could accelerate their adoption road-map.

Recent catalyst developments are key to the future of fuel cell technology, and the large-scale commercialization of clean electric power for transportation, as they can reduce fuel cell costs, by reducing the use of precious metals, improve durability through innovative catalyst layer designs, and increase robustness to a range of operating conditions.

In Sep’19, a team of researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Oxford found that Platinum films on graphene could enhance the fuel cell catalytic activity and longevity.

In Jan’19, AFC Energy announced a breakthrough in clean mobility by introducing the world’s first Electric Vehicle charger (CH2ARGE) based on Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Technology. This innovation will help to bridge the growing gap between electricity need and generation capacity caused by a projected rise in EV uptake.

Join our webinar, Fuel cell update: breakthrough innovation & technology landscape in Q1'20

  • To understand the findings of the latest academic research to reduce cost and increase performance of fuel cells, including new materials and new catalysts
  • Explore recent commercialization plans of major players and innovative startups to scale fuel cells in passenger cars and commercial vehicles
  • Gain actionable insights from our benchmarking of different Fuel cell technologies, such as Hydrogen, Methanol and Hydrazine
  • Learn about techno-commercial road-maps across sub-domains and supporting infrastructure.

The next webinar in this series is on the topic - Carmaker Electro-mobility LeaderBoard Q1’2020 which FutureBridge’s LeaderBoard closely monitors powertrain electrification technology and strategy of competitors & partners in existing value chain, while also assessing their current and future capabilities with forward-looking metrics to find gaps in one’s capability OR find a whitespace to grow. Register here:

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    Georgios Stathousis Senior Analyst, Automotive Research & Advisory @ FutureBridge

    I head up FutureBridge’s syndicated research and thought leadership in future mobility culminated in our Mobility Insider. Combining economics & finance education with research and consulting experience in the forefront of automotive technology, I advise clients on roadmaps to new mobility.

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