Moreover, hydrogen fuel cells are similar to batteries in that they produce electricity without emission or combustion. Compared to conventional gasoline vehicles, fuel cell vehicles can even decrease carbon dioxide by up to half if the hydrogen is manufactured by natural gas and by 90%, if the hydrogen is manufactured by renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Hydrogen fuel cells are efficient, clean, reliable and quite source of power. Apart from this, hydrogen fuel cell is majorly used in stationary power generation, portable power, niche markets, and transportation. As hydrogen is high in energy and produces almost zero pollution, it is used as fuel to drive space shuttle as well as rockets into orbit. It provides DC voltage that can be used to power motors and run any number of electrical appliances. Some of the benefits of hydrogen fuel cells are it operate silently, a lot more efficient, and has longer operating time. Hydrogen fuel cells are largely used in numerous applications, thereby driving the demand for hydrogen fuel cell gas diffusion layer market. The demand for hydrogen fuel cells is rising due to the increasing government initiatives to reduce carbon emission, and leads to the adoption of hydrogen fuel cell gas diffusion layer market.
Some of the key players in the global hydrogen fuel cell gas diffusion layer market are Toray Industries, INC., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, SGL Carbon SE, AvCarb LLC, CeTech Co., Ltd., Freudenberg SE, Teijin Limited, FuelCellsEtc, The Chemours Company and Spectracarb (Engineered Fibers Technology, LLC).
Global Hydrogen Fuel Cell Gas Diffusion Layer Market, By Type
Based on type, the hydrogen fuel cell gas diffusion layer market is segmented into the following:
- Carbon Paper
- Carbon Cloth
|Report Parameters||Details of Parameter|
|Considered year for estimation||2021|
|Historical data||2015 – 2020|
|Forecast period covered||2021 – 2028|
|Segments covered||Product Types, Applications, End-Users, Regions, Top Companies and more.|
|Top companies||Toray Industries, INC., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, SGL Carbon SE, AvCarb LLC, CeTech Co., Ltd., Freudenberg SE, Teijin Limited, FuelCellsEtc, The Chemours Company and Spectracarb (Engineered Fibers Technology, LLC).|
|By type||Carbon Paper, Carbon Cloth|
|By application||Hydrogen-oxygen Fuel Cell, Hydrocarbon Fuel Cell|
|Region covered||North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East, Africa and more|
Below graph provides a comparative analysis of the value contribution for each of the segment for the years 2020 and 2028:
In 2020, the carbon paper segment led the overall hydrogen fuel cell gas diffusion layer market in terms of market value accounting for over 65% of the global market. The carbon paper is widely adopted as a gas diffusion backing which works as Gas Diffusion Layers (GDL) for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC) and Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM). The carbon paper also allows the passage of gases and carbon matrix in the carbon paper severs as thermal and electric conductor. Moreover, the carbon paper also used as suitable gas distributor for catalyst layer and utilized as a controller for water at cathode side of the fuel cell. Furthermore, carbon papers have various features such as corrosion resistance, high conductivity, low cost, high gas permeability and smooth surface, hence they are widely used in different end-use industries. In addition, carbon paper segment is expected to witness higher market share in the forecast period.
Global Hydrogen Fuel Cell Gas Diffusion Layer Market, By Application
Based on application, the hydrogen fuel cell gas diffusion layer market is segmented into the following:
- Hydrogen-oxygen Fuel Cell
- Hydrocarbon Fuel Cell
In 2020, the hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell segment led the overall hydrogen fuel cell gas diffusion layer market in terms of market value accounting for over 64% of the global market. The hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell are designed to enhance and optimize the competency of different portable applications and other stationary fuel cell applications. The hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell can be used in lower temperature in between 20 to 80°C and it also has distinct polymer electrolyte membrane that allows the proton to transport via membrane and at the same time maintains comprehensive separation of the reactant fluids. In addition, hydrocarbon fuel cell segment is expected to witness higher market share in the forecast period, as it operates at high temperature and it can exploit the advantage of other fuel cells when their operating temperature is increased.
Global Hydrogen Fuel Cell Gas Diffusion Layer Market, By Geography
Based on geography, the hydrogen fuel cell gas diffusion layer market is segmented into following:
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America
- Middle East and Africa (MEA)
- GCC Countries
- South Africa
- Rest of MEA
In 2020, Asia Pacific held the largest share in the hydrogen fuel cell gas diffusion layer market because developing countries in Asia Pacific region such as India and China are experiencing dynamic changes owing to rapid expansion of various industries. In Asia Pacific, China is the largest country across the world in terms of production and consumption of hydrogen fuel cells, whereas, China was second country across the world which has most fuel cell vehicles on the road, while Japan had 3,600 hydrogen cars on the road. Apart from this, public-private partnerships are the important factor fuelling the growth of the hydrogen fuel cell gas diffusion layer market in China. In addition, the government in Japan has announced a zero-emission goal and is considered as one of highest fuel cell cars manufacturing country according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Moreover, Japan government is also taking initiatives such as implementation of renewable fuelling stations are the key factors swelling the hydrogen fuel cell gas diffusion layer market.