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Fuel cells for automotive powertrains—A techno-economic assessment

Mock, Peter and Schmid, Stephan A. (2009) Fuel cells for automotive powertrains—A techno-economic assessment. Journal of Power Sources (190 (1)), pp. 133-140. Elsevier B.V.. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2008.10.123. ISSN 0378-7753.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2008.10.123


With the objective of identifying the hurdles currently preventing a widespread application of fuel cell technology in passenger cars an assessment of technical and economic parameters is carried out. Patent and publication analysis is used to assess current status of fuel cell technology regarding its position on technology life cycle. S-curve methodology leads to the conclusion that further scientific activity is to be expected but for today’s low-temperature PEM fuel cell technology might level by 2015. Technical analysis identifies power density and platinum loading as parameters for which further improvements are necessary in order to satisfy future customer needs. A detailed cost evaluation suggests that in future for high production volumes (approx. 1 million vehicles cumulative) significantly lower costs for fuel cell stacks (12–40$kW−1) and systems (35–83$kW−1) will be viable. Reducing costs to such a level will have to be the main focus for upcoming research activities in order to make fuel cell driven road vehicles a competitive alternative.

Document Type:Article
Title:Fuel cells for automotive powertrains—A techno-economic assessment
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Schmid, Stephan A.UNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2009
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Power Sources
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 133-140
Publisher:Elsevier B.V.
Keywords:Fuel cell vehicle; Learning curve; Patent analysis; Publication analysis; S-curve; Bottom-up cost analysis
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - VECTOR21 (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Vehicle Concepts > Technology Assessment
Deposited By: Peter Mock
Deposited On:20 Apr 2009
Last Modified:26 Mar 2013 13:10

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