The low temperature PEMFC technology for road applications are gaining more and more traction and investment, and these activities can have a very positive impact on other segments by making available components and systems of lower cost and more robustness to the market – along with increased sales volumes. The goal of this topic is to facilitate that these benefits are transferred to early niche markets within other applications. It is important to dedicate specific focused activities to make this happen.
An advanced level of technology readiness has been achieved for specific non-road transport applications, within material handling vehicles. These are close to market introduction in Europe, although in other markets about 6,000 vehicles are reported to be in operation, with significant public financial support for demonstration before market introduction. These are a not priority for this Pillar in view of their limited contribution to meet key transport policy objectives. The low temperature PEMFC technology and components developed for road transport may be used as the basis for other non-road applications. This could lead to a significant cost reduction, improved affordability and reliability. These systems and components from road transport need to be adapted to the specific non-road special needs. Identification of the needed adaptation of specific FC road vehicle drive train components for main propulsion for any vehicles but passenger cars and buses should be addressed in this topic.