When it comes to fuel cells, everybody talks about ‘cars’ or mini fuelcells in laptops. Sure, that’s more ‘sexy’ than fuel cells in stationary uses. But these areas are more likely the first commercial applications for fuel cells. Check this new [pdf]report from the Wuppertal institute on distributed fuel cells.
Wuppertal Institute – Homepage: “New report on fuel cells for distributed power
Fuel cells are often portrayed as the answer to the world’s pressing need for clean, efficient power. They are also seen as a key component in a future hydrogen economy that will substantially reduce or eliminate pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions associated with current power generation and transport. However, questions about the technology still remain: to what degree are these expectations realistic? Can fuel cells deliver what they promise?
The new report of the IFEU Institute, Heidelberg, and the Wuppertal Institute addresses these questions concerning barriers and perspectives of stationary fuel cells. The work was commissioned by WWF Europe and Fuel Cell Europe and was officially launched on 11th June 2003 in Brussels in order to make a contribution to the ongoing process of the European ‘High Level Group on Hydrogen and Fuel Cells’.
Short Version (PDF) Download here.
The full report here.