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Fuel Cells, an Emerging High-Technology Industry

Rodger McKain
President, SOFCo-EFS Holdings LLC

Abstract
The science for fuel cells has been established for a long time, and specific applications have been developed, dating back to the 1930ís. But, so far fuel cell technology has not moved into general use because of cost and advances in competitive alternatives. However, the needs for high efficiency energy conversion at all scales, reduction of emissions and the growth in non-traditional energy uses have created a growing opportunity for fuel cells. To move from a niche technology to a widespread disruptive technology, fuel cells must become rooted in strong businesses that meet the expectations of customers as well as financial stakeholders. This presentation describe some of the factors that favor fuel cells and the challenges that must be addressed.

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