Research Articles

by Dr Peter Harrop

22 May 2020

Electrics and Electronics Becomes User-Dedicated Smart Material

An important new trend is buying electrics and electronics you customise to function not just shape. See the new IDTechEx report, "Complete Electronics as Smart Material, User-Customized 2020-2040". Builders, textile manufacturers, those doing home improvement and others are starting to buy electrically-smart materials direct from materials companies, bypassing the electronics industry.
18 May 2020

Self-Charging Medical Devices

Expect more healthcare wearables that power themselves, many even managing with no battery. The IDTechEx report, "Energy Harvesting for Electronic Devices 2020-2040" covers this and more.
08 May 2020

New Materials Make Supercapacitors Better Than Batteries

The new IDTechEx report, "Supercapacitor Materials and Formats 2020-2040" explains why supercapacitors and their variants still only constitute a modest business.
07 May 2020

Self-Charging Everything: Battle for the High Ground

When some full-function, always-on smartwatches are able to self-charge, the others will look like the horse-drawn cart. When Internet of Things nodes are self-charging at the right size and price, the market for them will increase one thousand times.
17 Apr 2020

IDTechEx Predicts $350 Billion in Off-Grid, Zero-Emission Microgrids

IDTechEx forecasts exponential growth to a huge $350 billion in 2040 for clean microgrids. It will be driven by legislation, cost, increasing problems with national grids and many new applications. Electrifying mines to farms and transport helps too.
09 Apr 2020

Distributed Generation: Off-Grid Zero-Emission kW-MW 2020-2040

Forecasts from IDTechEx report "Distributed Generation: Off-Grid Zero-Emission kW-MW 2020-2040"
09 Apr 2020

Electric Vehicle Charging Going Zero-Emission, Off-Grid Predicted

The new IDTechEx report, "Zero-Emission Electric Vehicle Charging: Off-Grid 2020-2040" examines how the electric vehicle business is finding it profitable to respond to criticism that clean vehicles should not be charged with fossil fuel electricity.
23 Mar 2020

Mining Goes Electric

Electrics and robotics squares the circle of seeking a wider variety of depleting materials in nastier, more remote places from the seafloor to four kilometres underground, up remote mountains and later outer space. Zero-emission microgrids on-site, sensors everywhere and new information and communications technology lubricate the process.
28 Feb 2020

Peak Car Bringing Huge Opportunities

2030 will be the global 'tipping point' for sustainable mobility in the world's largest cities, according to Kantar's Mobility Futures study, confirming the IDTechEx study just before. Kantar predicts private car journeys in the world's largest cities decreasing 10% by 2030 due to the sharing economy, multi-modality, autonomous vehicles and ageing population.
14 Feb 2020

Off-Road Vehicle Makers Electrify to Become as Large as Car Companies

Vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining CAM have become one industry served by giants such as Caterpillar, CNH Industrial, John Deere and Komatsu but also small businesses making the new requirements such as drone systems and weeding and mine survey robots.
11 Feb 2020

Electric Vehicles and Robotics in Mining 2020-2030

Forecasts from IDTechEx report "Electric Vehicles and Robotics in Mining 2020-2030"
28 Jan 2020

Electric Vehicles in Construction, Agriculture and Mining 2020-2030

Forecasts from IDTechEx report "Electric Vehicles in Construction, Agriculture and Mining 2020-2030"