New applications for portable fuel cell technologies continue to be realized across a host of market sectors. In recent years, fuel cell manufacturers and electronics companies and distributors have sought to demonstrate their respective technologies across these new applications in preparation for large-scale commercialization and development. While key challenges still remain for the industry, most notably issues related to cost and technology standards, Pike Research, Boulder, Colo. believes that the current period of product development will lead to commercialization for portable fuel cells at an increasingly larger scale beginning in the 2015 timeframe.

A new report from Pike Research provides a comprehensive examination of applications for portable fuel cells, including portable electronics, external battery chargers, remote monitoring, and military applications. Key technology and business issues are analyzed in depth, and major players in the fuel cell supply chain are profiled. Market forecasts for unit shipments and revenue growth, segmented by application area, are provided through 2017.