Europe Fuel Cell Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The market is segmented by Application (Portable, Stationary, and Transportation), Fuel Cell Technology (Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC), Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), and Other Fuel Cell Technologies), and Geography (Germany, France, Italy, and Rest of Europe)

Market Snapshot

Europe Fuel Cell Market Industry- Market Summary
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: >14.98 %

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Market Overview

The Europe fuel cell market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 14.98% over the period of 2020-2025. The European Council adopted the ambitious ‘20-20-20’ energy and climate change objectives for the year 2020. The increasing share of renewable energy in the final energy consumption to 20%, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 20% from 1990 to 2018, has been driving the demand for the fuel cell market. However, owing to several factors, such as concerns about high costs of fuel cells, unavailability and high cost of hydrogen and several other factors have been restraining the growth in deployment of fuel cells in Europe.

  • Transportation accounted for the largest share in 2018 owing to the rising number of fuel cell-powered vehicles.
  • The European Union plans to significantly reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector. As a result, several countries in Europe have identified the implementation of innovative technologies, such as fuel cells (primarily PEMFC), as a way to meet these objectives. This, in turn, is expected to provide a significant opportunity for the fuel cell manufacturers involved in the market in the near future.
  • Germany is the leading country in terms of capacity shipments in the European fuel cell market. The country has been taking notable steps to promote the deployment of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and fuel cells-based forklift and applications in the field of data centers, in a bid to reduce oil consumption and GHG emission.

Scope of the report

The Europe fuel cell market report includes:

Fuel Cell Technology
Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC)
Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)
Other Fuel Cell Technologies
Rest of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Transportation Sector to Dominate the Market

  • Transportation Sector has accounted for more than half of the market share in 2018 and is expected to continue its dominance in the coming years. The European countries are focusing on clean energy usage in the transportation sector, which, in turn, is creating a significant demand for fuel cell technologies.
  • In Europe, the market is driven by the JIVE (Joint Initiative for hydrogen Vehicles), which seeks to deploy 139 new zero-emission fuel cell buses and refueling infrastructure across five countries by 2020.
  • The German KfW433 funding program, launched in 2016, has encouraged the early uptake of Fuel Cell micro-Cogeneration in the country.
  • The French market is propelled by the venture capital investments by private organizations and the organizations involved in the adoption and implementation of fuel cells in the country.
  • In Italy, there is an increasing interest in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The Italian government and the local authorities are keen on implementing these technologies, and research and development are made possible by the funding of leading European nations.
Fuel Cell Market: Fuel Cell System Durability

Germany to Dominate the Market

  • Germany is expected to dominate the fuel cell market and to grow at a significant rate over the forecast period.
  • Germany led the deployment of FCEVs in the region, with approximately 500 FCEVs, Other notable countries include France and the Netherlands, with approximately 250 and 41 FCEVs, respectively.
  • In 2018, Germany has 57 public hydrogen filling stations are in operation, Another 150 will open in 7 German metropolitan areas and along motorways by 2021.
  • As FCEV numbers increase, another 300 hydrogen filling stations are to follow. Therefore, the above mentioned factors are expected to drive the fuel cell market in Germany during the forecast period. 
Fuel Cell Market-Revenue Share

Competitive Landscape

Europe's fuel cell market is fragmented. Some of the key players in this market include Ballard Power System Inc, Toshiba Fuel Cell Power System Corporation, Fuelcell Energy Inc, Plug Power Inc, and Nuvera Fuel Cell LLC. 

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Scope of the Study

    2. 1.2 Market Definition

    3. 1.3 Study Assumptions




    1. 4.1 Introduction

    2. 4.2 Market Size and Demand Forecast in USD billion, till 2025

    3. 4.3 Recent Trends and Developments

    4. 4.4 Government Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.5.1 Drivers

      2. 4.5.2 Restraints

    6. 4.6 Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.7.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.7.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.7.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.7.4 Threat of Substitutes Products and Services

      5. 4.7.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Application

      1. 5.1.1 Portable

      2. 5.1.2 Stationary

      3. 5.1.3 Transportation

    2. 5.2 Fuel Cell Technology

      1. 5.2.1 Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC)

      2. 5.2.2 Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)

      3. 5.2.3 Other Fuel Cell Technologies

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Germany

      2. 5.3.2 France

      3. 5.3.3 Italy

      4. 5.3.4 Rest of Europe


    1. 6.1 Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Collaborations, and Agreements

    2. 6.2 Strategies Adopted by Leading Players

    3. 6.3 Company Profiles

      1. 6.3.1 Ballard Power System Inc.

      2. 6.3.2 Toshiba Fuel Cell Power Systems Corporation

      3. 6.3.3 Fuelcell Energy Inc.

      4. 6.3.4 Nuvera Fuel Cells LLC

      5. 6.3.5 Plug Power Inc.

    4. *List Not Exhaustive

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Europe Fuel Cell Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Europe Fuel Cell Market is growing at a CAGR of >14.98% over the next 5 years.

Ballard Power System Inc., Toshiba Fuel Cell Power System Corporation., Fuelcell Energy Inc. , Plug Power Inc. , Nuvera Fuel Cells LLC. are the major companies operating in Europe Fuel Cell Market.

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