Reflections on FC Expo, Tokyo 2019

A short visit this one, but it didn’t disappoint; this year’s FC Expo was as big as ever. All the big names are still there with FC technology and systems, with a small number of new additions. Interesting to see an increase in the number of water electrolyser companies exhibiting, and to see existing players developing new technologies. China was on everyone’s mind as the place where deployment is accelerating, requiring products and services to help. As usual attendance was international, and world-wide: from west coast Canada to Australia, via Europe.

The supply chain is evident, either exhibiting or in attendance – the Expo is the place to find customers and continue to develop relationships. It seems also to be the place to showcase intent – Australia was evidently eager to demonstrate its intent on hydrogen. The Germany Pavilion was showcasing its capability from research to projects.

Commercial pressures are building, if not already in place. Pricing is becoming more aggressive as everyone looks for greater deployment.

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