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Executive Overview of Fuel Cells in the Global Aviation Industry 

  • November 2015
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 67 pages

Executive Overview of Fuel Cells in the Global Aviation Industry : Fuel Cells to Emerge as the Alternate Source of Power Supply

The study covers 3 different segments—commercial, business, and general aviation—across the industry either as a primary application or as a secondary application. It provides the basic definitions, key drivers and restraints, and the challenges faced by the fuel cells market. The study also includes various prototypes as case studies, detailing current and future industry trends. A technology road map of fuel cells, along with the stakeholder environment, is also discussed.

Aviation Fuel Cells Market—Top 10 Predictions for 2025

PEMFC will remain the dominant type of fuel cell till 2025 for primary applications in small to large UAVs, due to its ability to work under normal temperatures and without the need for additional cooling.

Early commercialization of fuel cells can be seen in small UAVs by 2017, as the power required is less, which results in light-weight fuel cells that can offer higher endurance capabilities than conventional Li-ion batteries.

The PEMFC segment is expected to dominate the overall fuel cells market by 2018, owing to its wide range of capabilities—ranging from primary propulsion applications to secondary auxiliary power applications.

Fuel cells are most likely to be the sought-after alternate source of power after batteries, by 2020, mainly for primary applications in small UAVs and secondary applications such as back-up power and auxiliary power units, because of their stability, reliability, and early return on investment (ROI).

Most large UAVs and manned flights will have a hybrid system that has a Li-ion battery along with the fuel cell to cope with the high power requirement, mainly for primary applications and long operating cycles, by 2025.

Better technology to store hydrogen are seen in recent developments, such as the AEROPAK by Horizon Energy Systems. It uses light-weight titanium grade pressure regulators, which add more value to the fuel cells, making them a viable option by 2017.

Table Of Contents

Executive Overview of Fuel Cells in the Global Aviation Industry 
1 EXECUTIVE OVERVIEW OF FUEL CELLS IN THE GLOBAL AVIATION INDUSTRY

Executive Summary
1. Key Findings
2. Aviation Fuel Cells Market—Top 10 Predictions for 2025
3. Aviation Fuel Cells Market: Top 10 Predictions for 2025

Definitions and Segmentation
1. Definitions
2. Segmentation

External Challenges—Drivers and Restraints
1. Market Drivers
2. Drivers Explained
3. Drivers Explained
4. Market Restraints
5. Restraints Explained
6. Restraints Explained
7. Challenges Across Different Segments

Technology Comparisons and Commercialization Status
1. Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell
2. Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
3. Hybrid—PEMFC and Li-ion

Case Studies
1. Overview

Case Study—Commercial Aviation
1. Commercial Aviation
2. Case Study—Advanced Technology Research Aircraft (ARTA)

Case Study—Business Aviation
1. Business Aviation
2. Case Study—HYCARUS

Case Study—General Aviation
1. Rotorcraft
2. Case StudyFuel Cell Helicopter Demonstrator UAV
3. Light Aviation Aircraft
4. Case Study—Two-seater Aircraft (ENFICA-FC)
5. Case StudyAntares DLR H2
6. Case StudyBoeing Fuel Cell Demonstrator

Case Study—Unmanned Systems
1. Unmanned Systems
2. Case Study—Global Observer
3. Case Study—Spider-Lion Micro UAV
4. Case Study—Hyfish-H2 FC
5. Case Study—EAV-1
6. Case Study—PUMA Small UAS

Technology Roadmap
1. Fuel Cell Technology Research and Implementation Roadmap
2. Fuel Cells in Aviation Industry Technology Roadmap

Stakeholder Landscape
1. Stakeholder Environment
2. Research Impact by Region

Lessons from the Automotive Industry
1. Lessons and Best Practices from the Automotive Industry
2. Lessons and Best Practices from the Automotive Industry
3. Technology Learning from the Automotive Industry
4. Future Battery Chemistries Technology Roadmap
5. EV Battery Pack Cost
6. Battery Cell Selection Process
7. Current and Future Battery Requirements
8. Legal Disclaimer

The Frost and Sullivan Story
1. The Frost and Sullivan Story
2. Value Proposition—Future of Your Company and Career
3. Global Perspective
4. Industry Convergence
5. 360º Research Perspective
6. Implementation Excellence
7. Our Blue Ocean Strategy

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