Research Articles

by Dr Alex Holland

11 Jun 2021

Short Term Growth Prospects for Renewable Fuels

Limits on the amount of bioethanol and biodiesel that can be blended with conventional fossil fuels mean growth in the consumption of certain biofuels has slowed considerably over the past 5 years. However, with CO2 targets becoming increasingly stringent, and some sectors being difficult to electrify, alternative fuels are likely to still be needed over the coming years.
06 Apr 2021

Volkswagen's Long-term, High-Manganese Cathode Strategy

In this article IDTechEx provides commentary on the reference during Volkswagen's recent Power Day to their long-term strategy of employing high-manganese cathodes for their 'volume segment'. What does 'high-manganese' refer to, and how do they compare to other cathode materials?
19 Feb 2021

An Introduction to E-Fuels: A Long-Term Prospect

Growth in global energy consumption has caused CO2 and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to rise, in turn causing an increase in average global temperatures. The combustion of fossil fuels including coal, oil, and natural gas, has been a key driver behind this, providing the underlying driver for the production and use of non-fossil alternative fuels that can help reduce emissions.
15 Dec 2020

IDTechEx Highlights 2020: Energy Storage Research

Energy storage technologies have undergone several years of sustained growth stemming from progress in markets such as consumer devices and the quest for decarbonization kick-starting growth in electric vehicle (EV) and stationary energy storage demand.
14 Dec 2020


The European Commission (EC) has proposed stricter regulations regarding the sustainability of batteries.
30 Oct 2020

Options for Zero Cobalt and High-Performance Li-ion Batteries

What are the options for moving away from cobalt containing cathodes?
30 Sep 2020

Electrolyte Additives: A Key Area of Li-ion Patent Activity

Li-ion batteries are starting to near their performance ceiling. Delving into the trends being seen in patent applications and filings can provide insight into the key areas of innovation in Li-ion batteries and the areas of development favored by key players.
11 Sep 2020

The Importance of Li-ion Recycling and What Will Drive It?

Despite the impact of Covid-19, substantial volumes of Li-ion batteries will soon be reaching their end-of-life. IDTechEx highlight the importance of Li-ion recycling and discuss what will drive growth in the market.
24 Aug 2020


Growth in the Li-ion market means significant investments are now being made into building out capacity for manufacturing Li-ion batteries and their components and as the demand for Li-ion batteries grow, so too does the importance of performance and cost improvements.
11 Jun 2020


With the rapid adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), the demand for Li-ion batteries will grow significantly in the coming decades. In the meanwhile, as EV batteries begin to reach their end-of-life, we will see an exponential growth of retired Li-ion batteries coming out of vehicles.
28 Apr 2020

Is Silicon the Key to Another Technological Revolution?

Silicon is one of the most important materials of the past century. It enabled the digital revolution and the advent of PCs, laptops and smartphones. Its value has been obvious during the recent Covid-19 crisis, allowing many companies, businesses and individuals to remain productive.
27 Apr 2020

Where Is Li-ion Technology Heading?

The Li-ion market is growing but which Li-ion chemistries and technologies are going to be used? The newly updated report "Li-ion batteries 2020-2030", from market intelligence company IDTechEx, provides detailed analysis of the various Li-ion chemistries and technologies being deployed and the applications they are best suited for.