5 Aug 2014
Market Analysis of Thin, Flexible and Printed Batteries
The battery market today is dominated by traditional batteries such as coin cell batteries, Triple-A batteries and lithium ion batteries with the former being largely used in mobile phones, laptops and electrical vehicles.
The emergence of new trends such as wearable devices and Internet of Things (IoT) is however changing the space. New features such ultra-thinness, small physical footprints, flexibility and light weight are becoming increasingly prized. New players and/or old players with new technologies are gearing up to meet this emerging need.
In this article we will first look at the activities of several large companies on energy storage solutions aimed at wearable devices. We will then consider WSN and the threat of energy harvesting therein before considering medical applications. Finally, we will give our latest ten-year market forecasts segmented by application and battery type.
21 Mar 2013
Where to store all that renewable energy? A puzzle for the future
As we make the transition from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy sources, one fact that becomes clear is that while fossil fuels provided both an energy source and a storage medium in one, in the new world of renewables, these two functions will have to be provided separately.
9 Jul 2012
A123 goes niche too late?
Following a redundancy, rehiring and large quality recall, struggling lithium-ion traction battery maker A123 Systems is trying some niche marketing now that most of the orders for the world's hybrid and pure electric car batteries over the next three years have been cornered by the big four - LGChem, Panasonic inc Sanyo, AESC and SBLimotive as analysed in detail by the Institute of Information Technology of Japan.