The flexible batteries market is forecast to reach US$531 million by 2035.

Flexible Batteries Market 2025-2035: Technologies, Forecasts, and Players

Ten-year flexible batteries forecast, breaking market down into 6 technologies and 13 application markets. Includes application analysis, technology benchmarking and discussion, and updates on the major players.


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This report analyzes the markets, technologies, and players in flexible batteries. It covers 13 application markets and 6 different technologies, and includes a forecast for the overall market from 2025 to 2035, with a breakdown over application markets and technologies. With the market set to grow to over US$500 million by 2035, there are significant opportunities at play for interested investors and OEMs.
 
 
Battery properties and their importance. Source: IDTechEx
 
Flexible battery properties
Flexible batteries are batteries that can maintain function after multiple cycles of deformation. This deformation depends on the application area and type of flexibility - it could include rollability, bendability, stretchability or compressibility. All batteries must consider 6 core components in their design: cost, lifetime, energy density, power density, environmental concern and safety. Flexible batteries and other niche batteries must also consider advanced properties such as smaller footprint, tailored form factor, optical properties, mechanical properties, and manufacturing methods. A strong battery option will involve a balance of features.
 
Flexible battery development
Interest in flexible batteries has been consistently niche since the first prototypes in the 1990s. The flexible battery market developed slowly, largely due to a mismatch between technological possibility and theoretical demand. In the last decade, the wearables market has displayed the most interest in flexible battery options, after the boom in wearables technology in 2014. However, the flexible battery options of the 2010s did not conform to OEM requirements. Early flexible batteries tended to be thin-film, printed, frequently non-rechargeable and with low capacity and power. They were better suited to usage where their thinness was valued, e.g. in smart labels and micro-power applications. However, the higher associated costs compared to traditional coin cells drastically limited uptake even in these markets.
 
 
Development progress for flexible battery market compared to established markets. Source: IDTechEx
 
More recently, flexible battery players seem to have find their niche, and the market has begun to centralize. Many companies have stopped trading or else moved out of the flexible battery area to make way for seasoned players and novel technology. Still, the market is a long way from consolidation - it is mostly formed from many smaller players rather than a few diversified companies.
 
Flexible batteries - Applications and technologies
Two broad categories of flexible battery technology can be identified. The first consists of the thin battery systems that dominated the market in the past. Of these, printed zinc technologies are the most significant, with thin-film solid-state and primary lithium-based batteries making up a relatively small proportion of the overall market. Thin-film battery players have explored many potential applications in the past, including a range of IoT devices, skin patches, medical implants, smart cards and interactive media. More recently, players have focused on IoT applications, especially smart labels and RFID tags for logistics and product monitoring. This market offers great potential for thin batteries, which tend to be flexible. The value proposition for smart labels is a reduction in product losses. For example, a temperature monitoring tag can be used to ensure that shipments in transit are always at acceptable conditions. This is especially important for perishables, e.g. medicines or food. Thinness and flexibility allow labels to be attached to any surface regardless of uniformity, and reduced weight is favored. Thin, flexible battery players have developed smart label lines in partnership with major logistics companies, acting as component providers and in some cases providing complete products (e.g. complete printed smart labels).
 
The second category of flexible battery technology consists of higher-capacity cells, usually utilizing advanced cell packaging techniques to allow for flexibility despite their relative thickness. Bulk solid-state and advanced lithium-ion batteries are the primary technologies. Flexible ceramic and polymer electrolytes see frequent use in this sector, or else swollen gel-polymer electrolytes. These products are largely aimed towards wearables and consumer electronics applications. The demand for higher capacity has finally begun to be realized, though it should be noted that products in this category tend to be at a lower level of commercial readiness. A more detailed analysis is conducted in the report, including technology benchmarking and profiling of major players.
 
 
Flexible battery technology breakdown, 2025 to 2035. Source: IDTechEx
 
This extreme differentiation has allowed different technologies to establish their own niches with less competition between flexible battery players. This is shown by the relatively small changes in technology proportions expected over the next decade.
 
IDTechEx experience
This report contains analysis of multiple application markets, many of which IDTechEx has studied closely for more than a decade. IDTechEx analysts drew from past reports and analysis, as well as direct interviews and exchanges with relevant players. IDTechEx's unique expertise has allowed for the collation of critical market intelligence and analysis, culminating in a cohesive ten-year forecast.
 
Key aspects
 
This report provides market analysis for the flexible battery market with a focus on potential application markets and the drivers of future market growth. This includes:
 
  • A summary of the current market with predictions of growth, based on expected changes in demand across 13 application markets.
 
  • Current market sizing based on analysis of major players across multiple regions.
  • Market growth for each application market, produced by looking at trends in demand.
  • Breakdown of market into six key technologies: thin-film solid-state, bulk solid-state, advanced lithium-ion, primary lithium-based, zinc-carbon and silver zinc.
  • Discussion of overall market trends and development, as well as historical context.
 
  • Deeper analysis of each application market, focusing on both historical products and development and potential future niches where flexible battery options could see demand.
 
  • Analysis of early flexible battery products and their successes/failures.
  • Discussion of potential niches for flexible battery players given current technology.
  • Discussion of niches for flexible battery players given future development of technology, e.g. in consumer electronics.
 
  • Analysis of technological developments both in the past and more recent updates. Includes benchmarking throughout and discussion of overall trends.
 
  • A breakdown of possible approaches to achieving mechanical flexibility, and metrics to define it.
  • Use of case-studies, both commercialized and non-commercialized, to deepen understanding of the different technologies at play.
  • Discussion of the advantages and shortcomings of the different technologies, and their resultant application niches.
  • Discussion and analysis of the different players throughout.
Report MetricsDetails
CAGRThe global flexible battery market is projected to reach US$ 531 million by 2035, which corresponds to a CAGR of 22.2%
Forecast Period2025 - 2035
Forecast Units379.1 million by 2035
Regions CoveredWorldwide
Segments CoveredFlexible batteries market divided into technologies (bulk solid-state, thin-film solid-state, advanced lithium-ion, primary lithium-based, zinc-carbon and silver-zinc), and into application markets (e.g. wrist-worn wearables, skin patches, smart labels and RFID etc.).
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Table of Contents
1.EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
1.1.Overview
1.2.Structure of the report
1.3.Who should read this report?
1.4.Research methodology
1.5.Technologies included in the report
1.6.Technology benchmarking
1.7.Direction of Battery Development
1.8.Status of battery markets
1.9.Major drivers for the development of new form- and structural- factor batteries
1.10.Development roadmap of batteries
1.11.Application market roadmap
1.12.Overview of applications status
1.13.Business model
1.14.Battery design considerations
1.15.Status of flexible batteries
1.16.Value proposition
1.17.Price perspectives
1.18.Other challenges and difficulties
1.19.Strategies for battery providers focusing on flexibility
1.20.Market forecast assumptions and challenges
1.21.Market forecast 2025-2035 by technology (value)
1.22.Market forecast 2025-2035 by technology (unit)
1.23.Market forecast 2025-2035 by application (value)
1.24.Market forecast 2025-2035 by application (units)
1.25.Market size by technology 2025 vs 2035
1.26.Market size by application 2025 vs 2035
1.27.Analysis of battery technologies
1.28.Analysis of application markets
1.29.Analysis of application markets
1.30.Conclusions - the market
1.31.Conclusions - the technology
1.32.Access More With an IDTechEx Subscription
2.APPLICATIONS: SUPPLY AND DEMAND
2.1.1.Applications overview
2.1.2.Power range for electronic and electrical devices
2.2.Sensors/Internet of Things: Industry 4.0 takes over
2.2.1.Something new vs renamed world of mobile phones
2.2.2.Internet of Things
2.2.3.Challenges of power solutions in IoT and Industry 4.0
2.2.4.Opportunities for flexible alternatives
2.2.5.Power supply options for WSN
2.2.6.IoT in consumer products - rod-shaped batteries
2.2.7.Thin, flexible batteries in novel IoT devices
2.2.8.Golf sensor patch powered by flexible, thin-film battery
2.2.9.Smart device powered by solid-state battery
2.2.10.Thin and flexible batteries in novel devices
2.2.11.Importance of differentiation
2.2.12.BeFC - differentiation through sustainability
2.2.13.Maintenance-free wireless power for IoT: ready or not?
2.2.14.Energy harvesting - problems become opportunities
2.2.15.Hybrid power solutions: Batteries in tandem with energy harvesting devices
2.2.16.RFID sensors/tags with thin batteries
2.2.17.Examples of thin batteries used in RFID tags/ sensors
2.3.Smart packaging: Smart labels for logistics
2.3.1.Smart packaging: An overview
2.3.2.Smart packaging for advertisement
2.3.3.Audio PaperTM and Toppan Printing
2.3.4.Case studies of power for smart packaging
2.3.5.Industry 4.0: Huge opportunities for printed batteries
2.3.6.Avery Dennison - TT Sensor Plus
2.3.7.Reducing waste
2.4.Healthcare and cosmetics: Skin patches and medical implants
2.4.1.Mobile healthcare: Limited opportunities
2.4.2.Cosmetic skin patches
2.4.3.Iontophoresis for cosmetics
2.4.4.Cardiovascular monitoring patch
2.4.5.Diabetes management - continuous glucose monitoring
2.4.6.Diabetes management - insulin patch pump
2.4.7.Temperature monitoring
2.4.8.Printed battery for COVID-19 monitoring
2.4.9.Skin patches: Summary
2.4.10.Medical implants: An introduction
2.4.11.Medical implants: Power sources
2.4.12.Medical implants: Flexible batteries in orthodontics
2.5.Wearables: A niche for tailored high-end goods
2.5.1.Wearables: An overview
2.5.2.The growth of wearables
2.5.3.Trend towards wearable devices
2.5.4.Wearables on the body
2.5.5.Smart textiles
2.5.6.Flexible batteries for e-textiles
2.5.7.Wearables for healthcare
2.5.8.Healthcare use-case examples
2.5.9.Wrist-worn wearables and fitness trackers
2.5.10.Smart eyewear and headwear
2.5.11.High-luxury wearables
2.5.12.Smart contact lenses - a high-luxury product
2.5.13.Conclusions: Great potential
2.5.14.Conclusions: Continuing challenges
2.6.Smart cards: A limited market
2.6.1.Powered smart cards: An overview
2.6.2.Challenges for the industry
2.6.3.Batteries in smart cards
2.6.4.Battery alternative solution
2.6.5.Dynamics - the last hurrah of smart credit cards
2.7.Consumer electronics: Flexible demand
2.7.1.The future of batteries for consumer electronics
2.7.2.Flexibility: interest among giants
2.7.3.The case for flexibility
2.7.4.Foldable vs flexible phones
2.7.5.Battery requirements: a sobering reminder
2.7.6.Thinness is an important factor even in rigid devices
2.7.7.Slim, low-power consumer electronics
2.7.8.Thin batteries in power cases
2.7.9.SoftBank battery case
2.7.10.Thin and flexible supercapacitors for consumer electronics
3.TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW: PATHS TO FLEXIBILITY
3.1.1.Context: flexible electronics
3.1.2.Three paths to mechanical flexibility
3.2.Thinness-derived flexibility
3.2.1.Mechanics of stress generation during flexing
3.2.2.Mechanics of stress generation during flexing
3.2.3.Metrics for thin battery analysis
3.2.4.Shortcomings of thin batteries
3.3.Material-derived flexibility
3.3.1.Comparison of a flexible LIB with a traditional one
3.3.2.Material choices for different battery components
3.4.Efforts on the electrolyte/separator
3.4.1.Solid-state electrolyte
3.4.2.Safety of solid-state batteries
3.4.3.Improvement of solid-state battery
3.4.4.Comparison of organic and inorganic solid-state electrolyte
3.4.5.Polymer-based electrolytes
3.4.6.Bendable lithium-based battery
3.4.7.Lionrock Batteries
3.4.8.Highly conductive polymer gel electrolyte and lamination processes for roll-to-roll Li-ion cell production
3.4.9.BrightVolt batteries
3.4.10.BrightVolt product matrix
3.4.11.Electrolyte
3.4.12.Toes Opto-Mechatronics
3.4.13.Hitachi Zosen's solid-state electrolyte
3.4.14.Maxell
3.4.15.Lithium ion conducting glass-ceramic by Ohara
3.4.16.LICGCTM PW-01 for cathode additives
3.4.17.Ohara's products for solid state batteries
3.4.18.Application of LICGC for all solid state batteries
3.4.19.Properties of multilayer all solid-state lithium-ion battery using LICGC as electrolyte
3.4.20.Manufacturing process of Ohara glass
3.4.21.PolyPlus
3.4.22.Planar Energy
3.4.23.ProLogium - the move to EV
3.4.24.ProLogium: Solid-state lithium ceramic battery
3.4.25.ProLogium Innovations
3.4.26.Ampcera
3.4.27.LiPON: The first successful thin-film electrolyte
3.4.28.Players using LiPON thin-film technology
3.4.29.Ilika: An overview
3.4.30.Ilika's stacked solid-state micro-battery
3.4.31.Ilika Stereax M300
3.4.32.Goliath range
3.4.33.Thin film vs bulk solid-state batteries
3.5.Efforts on the electrodes
3.5.1.Innovative electrode
3.5.2.From electrode innovation to flexible batteries
3.5.3.Fraunhofer IFAM - printed electrodes at LOPEC 2024
3.6.Efforts on the current collectors
3.6.1.Carbon materials for current collectors
3.6.2.Thin and flexible alkaline battery developed by New Jersey Institute of Technology
3.6.3.Flexible battery achieved by anode materials
3.6.4.Stretchable fabric-based current collectors from University of Houston
3.7.Efforts on the packaging
3.7.1.Lithium-polymer pouch cells
3.7.2.Techniques to fabricate aluminium laminated sheets
3.7.3.Packaging procedures for pouch cells 1
3.7.4.Packaging procedures for pouch cells 2
3.7.5.GM Battery - thin film and curved polymer batteries
3.7.6.GM Battery - primary CP batteries
3.7.7.Resonac Packaging
3.7.8.Flexible lithium-ion battery from QinetiQ
3.7.9.Semiconductor Energy Laboratory
3.7.10.Flexible and foldable batteries: Still working after being washed by the washing machine
3.7.11.Flexible pouch cells
3.7.12.LiBEST
3.7.13.LiBEST at CES 2023 and 2024
3.7.14.LIBEST's flexible battery specifications
3.7.15.Panasonic's flexible batteries
3.7.16.Panasonic 2016 patent
3.8.Combinations of flexible components
3.8.1.Improvements of multiple components by BattFlex
3.8.2.Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited & Compass Technology Company Limited
3.8.3.AMO's flexible and bendable batteries: innovations
3.8.4.AMO's flexible and bendable batteries: specifications
3.8.5.AMO's flexible and bendable batteries: Safety test
3.8.6.AMO's flexible and bendable batteries: Product flow chart
3.8.7.ETHZ - a fully flexible battery prototype
3.9.Device-design-derived flexibility
3.9.1.Cable-type batteries
3.9.2.Cable-type battery developed by LG Chem
3.9.3.Battery on wire
3.9.4.Huineng (Tianjin) Technology Development
3.9.5.Foldable Kirigami lithium-ion battery developed by Arizona State University
3.9.6.KIMM snake-scale inspired stretchable battery structure
3.9.7.Flexible electrode assembly
3.9.8.MIT - world's longest fiber-type battery
3.9.9.Stretchable batteries that stick to the skin like a band-aid
4.PRINTED BATTERIES: OVERVIEW
4.1.1.Printed battery chemistries
4.1.2.Zinc-based printed batteries
4.1.3.Printed battery layout
4.1.4.Component options for printed batteries
4.1.5.Materials/compositions for printed batteries in research
4.1.6.Typical construction and chemistry of printed disposable battery
4.1.7.Players in printed battery industry
4.1.8.Research strategy for development of printed batteries
4.2.Printed battery case studies
4.2.1.Printed batteries from Fraunhofer ENAS
4.2.2.Fraunhofer ENAS' printed batteries
4.2.3.Varta Micro-battery/Varta Storage
4.2.4.SoftBattery® from Enfucell
4.2.5.Blue Spark batteries
4.2.6.FlexEL LLC
4.2.7.Printed battery from Printed Energy
4.2.8.Paper batteries from Rocket Electric
4.2.9.Zinergy
4.2.10.CEA-Liten and CEA-Leti: Printed and micro- battery
4.2.11.CCL Design (acquisition of Imprint Energy)
4.2.12.Flexographically printed Zn/MnO2 battery
4.2.13.Screen printed secondary NMH batteries
4.3.Printed batteries: Manufacturing technologies
4.3.1.Printing: An introduction
4.3.2.Printing techniques
4.3.3.Blade coating/doctor blade printing
4.3.4.Screen and stencil printing
4.3.5.Spray and flexographic printing
4.3.6.Inkjet and dispenser printing
4.3.7.Comparison of printing techniques
4.3.8.Throughput vs feature size for typical printing processes
4.3.9.Advantages and disadvantages of printing techniques used for printed battery fabrication
4.3.10.Examples of production facilities
5.THIN-FILM SOLID-STATE BATTERIES: MANUFACTURING METHODS
5.1.1.Introduction
5.1.2.Summary of main fabrication technique for thin film batteries
5.1.3.PVD processes for thin-film batteries 1
5.1.4.PVD processes for thin-film batteries 2
5.1.5.PVD processes for thin-film batteries 3
5.1.6.Direct vapor deposition for thin-film batteries
5.1.7.Thin-film battery property potentials
6.MICRO-BATTERIES: AN OVERVIEW
6.1.1.Introduction to micro-batteries
6.1.2.Micro-battery architectures
6.1.3.3D printed lithium-ion micro-batteries
6.1.4.Primary Li/CFx micro-battery
6.1.5.Ensurge Micropower ASA
7.PATENT ANALYSIS
7.1.1.Flexible battery patent application and publication trend
7.1.2.Top application assignees
7.1.3.Top assignees: An overview
8.LESSONS FROM THE PAST: UPDATES AND FAILURES
8.1.Market development: Too slow for many
8.2.KalpTree Energy/Adavolt
8.3.BrightVolt
8.4.FrontEdge Technologies/KLA
8.5.FlexEL LLC
8.6.Pod Group (Giesecke and Devrient subsidiary)
8.7.STMicroelectronics
8.8.Imprint Energy/CCL Design
9.COMPANY PROFILES
9.1.Company Profiles
 

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