June 24, 2024

Fuel Cell Market Propelled by Increased Demand from Automotive and Transportation Sectors

Fuel cells find application in various industries like automotive, electronics, material handling, transportation and stationary power applications due to their numerous advantages over conventional power sources. The technology offers high energy efficiency, low or no emissions and reliable operation. Fuel cells are increasingly being adopted in electric vehicles, forklifts and material handling equipment to lower carbon footprint.

The global Fuel Cell Market is estimated to be valued at US$ 8.9 billion in 2023 and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 12. % over the forecast period 2024 to 2031, as highlighted in a new report published by Coherent Market Insights.

Market key trends:

Increased demand from automotive and transportation sectors: Fuel cell technology is being widely adopted in transport applications like electric vehicles and material handling equipment. Major automakers are heavily investing in launching new fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to replace conventional gasoline vehicles. For instance, Toyota, Hyundai and Honda have deployed thousands of FCEVs globally. Growing consumer preference for zero-emission vehicles is a major factor driving fuel cell adoption in automotive and transportation sectors. Advancements in fuel cell design and manufacturing are also making the technology more viable for long-haul trucks and buses. Furthermore, supportive government regulations and incentives aimed at promoting clean mobility solutions are encouraging adoption.

Key players operating in the fuel cell market are Ballard Power Systems, Plug Power, Hydrogenics, Nuvera Fuel Cells, and Sunrise Power. These leading companies continue to lower fuel cell production costs through manufacturing improvements and economies of scale while also expanding product lines for transportation, material handling, and stationary power applications. Collaboration between automakers, energy groups, and fuel cell specialists has boosted research into making hydrogen readily available as an energy carrier.

SWOT Analysis
Strength: Fuel cells have higher efficiency rates and produce less emissions than traditional combustion engines. They also have fewer moving parts and can have longer operating times than batteries.

Weakness: Fuel cells still have high production costs compared to combustion engines and batteries. The infrastructure to widely distribute hydrogen as a fuel is still underdeveloped in most regions.

Opportunity: Government policies and initiatives in many countries promote the development and adoption of fuel cells for transport, backup power, and other applications. Growing concerns about climate change also create opportunities for zero-emissions fuel cell technology.

Threats: Established battery and motor industries may lobby against fuel cell innovations or slow the buildout of hydrogen infrastructure. Fuel cell technologies still need improvements to achieve cost parity with combustion engines.

Key Takeaways

The global Fuel Cell Market is expected to witness high growth over the forecast period from 2024 to 2031 as fuel cells emerge as a viable alternative to traditional power sources.

Regional analysis shows Asia Pacific currently dominates the market due to strong government support for fuel cell development and use in countries like China, Japan, and South Korea. Several major city hubs have announced plans for large-scale hydrogen refueling stations and increased numbers of fuel cell vehicles and buses over the next decade.


  1. Source: Coherent Market Insights, Public sources, Desk research
  2. We have leveraged AI tools to mine information and compile it