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a systemic approach to energy

Editor-in-Chief: Schlögl, Robert

Managing Editor: Tiedtke, Marion

Editorial Board: Luther, Joachim / Meng, Qingbo / Hüttl, Reinhard F. / Koumoto, Kunihito / Gasteiger, Hubert

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.248
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Zero-Emission Power Generation – Fuel Cells Are Coming, But Still Facing Obstacles in Germany

Thorsten Hickmann


For several years, low-emission energy systems have been asked for. It is all the more astonishing that an almost zero-emission method of power generation was invented more than 150 years ago but has not been successfully established yet. Fuel cells have been gaining ground since the new millennium, especially in Germany and Japan. Following the Japanese Government's decision to significantly reduce emission rates of the insular state, the economy has started to develop and refine fuel cell technology. Due to the planned nuclear phase-out, this new energy concept has started to come into focus in Germany as well. The new technology is designed for stationary and mobile applications alike and can hence provide power for domestic housing as well as for vehicles. There are, however, still supply chain deficiencies that impede a more widespread commercialisation.

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Received: 2011-09-23

Accepted: 2011-09-23

Published in Print: 2011-12-01

Citation Information: Green, Volume 1, Issue 4, Pages 307–311, ISSN (Online) 1869-8778, ISSN (Print) 1869-876X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/GREEN.2011.038.

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