Fuel cells are an important technology for a potentially wide variety of applications including
micropower, auxiliary power, transportation power, stationary power for buildings and other
distributed generation applications, and central power. These applications will be in a large
number of industries worldwide.
When fuel cells were first suggested and discussed back in the nineteenth century,
it was firmly hoped that distinctly higher efficiencies could be attained with them
when converting the chemical energy of natural fuels to electric power. Now
that the world supply of fossil fuels is seen to be finite, this hope turns into
a need, into a question of maintaining advanced standards of life.
Lilliputian Systems and eZelleron are both developing SOFC products for this market. Lilliputian’s
system will run on butane cartridges and should offer market-leading fuel efﬁ ciency when it launches
through US retailer Brookstone at the end of 2012. eZelleron’s micro-tubular SOFC product can be
fuelled with conventional cigarette lighters; a commercial launch is expected within the next few years.
Worldwide consumption of organic products has
experienced tremendous growth, often surpassing
the U.S. figures of 20 percent annual gain. Much of
the increase in worldwide consumption has been
fueled by consumers’ demand for GMO-free
products. Because GMOs are disallowed in organic
production and processing, organic products auto-
matically are designated as GMO-free at the
marketplace. European consumers have led the
demand for organic products, particularly in coun-
tries such as the Netherlands, Italy, and Austria.