Based on stakeholder interview findings this paper explores the opportunities and barriers to the development of stationary fuel cell technology in the UK. Stationary fuel cells offer a significant way forward towards sustainable energy but there is still a long way to go, at a technical and non-technical level, before they become an established, mainstream technology. Technically there is a need to extend the knowledge base for fuel cells, to improve their efficiencies, reliability, lifetime and material performances. Several issues also surround the sustainable production and storage of hydrogen and the development of a hydrogen infrastructure. Non-technical issues include cost, education and training, regulatory barriers, government commitment and issues surrounding the future of energy distribution.
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|Published - 2006
|Working Paper - Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment
|Centre for Soc. Econ. Res. on the Global Environment