Top 10 Fuel Cell Solution Companies in Europe - 2020
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Top 10 Fuel Cell Solution Companies in Europe - 2020

The technology around generating clean renewable energy is evolving quickly and fuel cells are among the most versatile. Fuel cells provide critical energy backup for many large facilities, and they provide primary energy for some remote locations. Some homes and vehicles also rely on fuel cells.

A fuel cell is similar to a battery; it is a device that generates electricity through an electrochemical reaction using hydrogen and oxygen. Unlike traditional power sources, fuel cells are clean, efficient, reliable, and quiet. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, fuel cells are generally between 40-60 percent energy efficient in contrast to a typical car engine that is about 25 percent energy-efficient. The byproducts are electricity, heat, and water. Moreover, as fuel cells generate electricity through chemistry rather than combustion, it achieves higher efficiencies than steam turbines and internal combustion engines. This eliminates the costs associated with handling and storing toxic materials like battery acid or diesel fuel. Further, there are no environmental impacts of fuel spillage, leaks, or air pollution.

Fuel cells are scalable, which means that individual fuel cells can be joined with one another to form stacks and these stacks can in turn be combined into larger systems. These systems can vary greatly in size and power, from combustion engine replacements for electric vehicles to large-scale, multi-megawatt installations providing electricity directly to the utility grid. Due to its modular nature, fuel cells can be engineered precisely to meet a variety of customer power needs—whether for material handling, stationary power, or on-road electric vehicles. Compared to batteries, fuel cells save money, it eliminates the need to change, charge, and manage batteries—saving both labor/time and space. Fuel cells run longer than batteries and can be refueled in as little as two minutes, substantially reducing downtime. Thus, fuel cells offer a long-term, sustainable solution to help meet the world’s need for clean and reliable energy.

At this juncture, there is a wide variety of solutions providers entering the industry with a set of advanced and integrated fuel cell solutions offerings. To help companies navigate through the best-of-breed fuel cell solution providers, Energy CIO Insights has compiled a list of ‘Top 10 Fuel Cell Solution Providers in Europe—2020.’ The enlisted organizations are transforming the energy sector and how homes, offices, industries, and vehicles are powered. Besides, the magazine also comprises insights from thought leaders in the sector on the industry trends, best practices, recent innovations, and their advice for the aspiring CIOs.

We present to you Energy CIO Insights’, “Top 10 Fuel Cell Solution Providers in Europe—2020.”

    Top Fuel Cell Solution Companies in Europe

  • AFC Energy is the world’s leading developer of low-cost alkaline fuel cell technology with a mission to provide emission-free solutions to the world’s energy challenges. Developed in UK research and manufacturing facilities, the company’s patented proprietary fuel cell stack design ensures the highest efficiency (more than 60 per cent), robust design, and economic operation while being free of pollutants and greenhouse gases. The fuel cell is scalable (from 10KW to multi-KW) and affords the flexibility of using low-grade hydrogen streams, including cracked ammonia

  • A dynamic, fast-growing high-tech startup, e.GO REX has developed a low-cost fuel cell range extender (REX) which enables long range e-mobility for commercial vehicles.The firm’s radical cost-focused range extender approach fosters complementary strengths of the battery as a pure energy provider on the one hand, and fuel cells as an energy converter on the other. The modular design of the fuel cell, which is based on “Standard Stack Modules,” allows for power scaling while using economies of scale by combining multiple modules. Currently, e.GO REX’s passionate team is working together with its strong network of partners to further develop and test its fuel cell range extender while building up the production at full industrial scale

  • Germany based HYREF offers unique fuel cell technologies that are grid independent yet environment friendly for continuous energy production to help clients reach out to remote locations. The company’s solution is independent of infrastructural as well as climate conditions and is - free of noise and vibrations suitable to use in any environment providing lasting economic advantages and savings. The company's solution is flexible and can be applicable everywhere, even in forests and natural reserves. In addition, HYREF’s fuel cell requires minimum space requirements is vandalism protected and can easily be moved from one location to the next

  • develops an array of solutions for H2FC research, stack testing and control, and software for spectroscopy data acquisition and processing. The company delivers immense value to scientists and researchers by understanding their pain points and providing them with new strategies and unique solutions to carry out scientific experiments.’s solutions can be divided into two categories: instruments for fuel cell and stack analysis (includes potentiostats, electronic loads, and impedance spectro (scopy analysers); and automation and monitoring devices (for target applications and test stands)

  • Ballard Power Systems

    Ballard Power Systems

    Ballard Power Systems Inc., is a world leader in the development, manufacture, sale and servicing of hydrogen fuel cell power systems. he companys products and services are used today in various markets, from heavy duty motive power to materials handling, backup power, UAV, marine and rail applications as well as support of other products required through their technology services contracts. Ballard’s technology offers a wide range of benefits within each of these markets, including lowering costs of energy use, longer operating lifetimes and positive environmental impacts

  • Ceres Power

    Ceres Power

    Ceres Power Holdings plc is a world-leading developer of low cost, next generation fuel cell technology. Used in decentralised energy products their SteelCell™ enables a change in the way businesses, homes and vehicles generate their power, reducing energy costs, lowering CO₂emissions, increasing efficiency and improving energy security and reliability

  • Elcogen


    Elcogen is one of the leading European Solid Oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology developer and manufacturer. Thanks to the core know-how in electrochemical engineering and material science Elcogen’s Solid Oxide fuel cells are the most efficient in the world. Leading industrial companies in Japan, Korea, the USA and Europe are developing their future energy solutions based on Elcogen’s SOFC technology

  • Nedstack


    Nedstack is a leading player in the PEM fuel cell industry with a strategic focus and unique trackrecord on the high power and mission critical domain. The company enables the hydrogen economy by developing, realizing, verifying, applying and servicing PEM fuel cell solutions. Nedstack's products and services are superior in quality, durability, safety and reliability and are cost competitive

  • SFC Energy

    SFC Energy

    SFC Energy AG is a leading provider of direct methanol and hydrogen fuel cells for stationary and mobile hybrid power solutions and a sustainably profitable fuel cell producer. The company distributes its products in the oil and gas industry, for safety/security and industry applications and to the end consumer market

  • SOLIDpower


    The SOLIDpower Group is one of the world’s leading companies in the field of high-temperature fuel cell technology (SOFC, solid oxide fuel cells). The Group develops, manufactures and markets fuel cell systems for generating power and heat in residential and commercial buildings at locations in Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Australia. With BlueGEN, the company offers a micro-CHP system (combined heat and power) for the European market with an electrical efficiency of 60% – a level unmatched anywhere in the world