The fuel cell generator market is projected to reach USD 2.1 billion in 2030 from USD 0.4 billion in 2023 according to a new report by MarketsandMarkets™. The report segments the fuel cell generator market based on size into two segments: small scale (up to 200kW), and large scale (above 200kW). Solutions for localised power generation are becoming more and more in demand, especially in places with uneven grid connectivity or unstable electrical infrastructure.

Power supply for rail infrastructure
Small-scale fuel cell generators provide a dependable and independent source of electricity, ensuring energy security and lowering reliance on power grids. With contextual reference in this regard, Proton Motor has received a follow-on order from DB Bahnbau Gruppe GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG, for the hydrogen fuel cell system HyModule® S8 (see product photo). The Proton Motor system will be used for application fuel cell substitute power supply for rail infrastructure and will ensure a robust and clean source of supply for critical equipment within the customer's rail infrastructure. In the autumn of 2021, an order was received for a "HyFrame®" fuel cell system for customer-specific integration.

Workshop as part of the NOW-funded innovation cluster
For the market ramp-up of the fuel cell, for example in the stationary segment described above, knowledge and exchange along the entire value chain is of great importance. In a recent joint workshop by e-mobil BW GmbH and the VDMA Fuel Cells Working Group, the various industries and institutes exchanged views on the requirements for plastics in fuel cells. The event took place as part of the funded innovation cluster of NOW GmbH. Co-initiator of the workshop Challenges for plastics and their processing in fuel cells and electrolysers was Proton Motor Technical Manager Franke Erne, who was also one of the speakers (pictured_(c) VDMA).