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New and Future Markets for Thin-Film Batteries - 2016 to 2025

  • ID: 3771247
  • Report
  • May 2016
  • Region: Global
  • n-tech Research
The Market for Thin-Film Batteries Will Exceed $800 Million in Revenues By 2021


  • 24M
  • BrightVolt
  • Fujitsu
  • Jenax
  • Polystar
  • Showa Denko
  • MORE
This report evaluates the opportunities that are emerging for thin-film batteries as they move beyond their traditional applications into the era of wearables and IoT and eventually higher powered applications.

The report includes a technical assessment of current and future generations of thin-film batteries including providing guidance on how the performance and feature sets of thin-film batteries fit in with current and future market needs.

We also examine the strategies of the leading firms - major electronics and pure player thin-film battery firms - in the thin-film battery market and offer commentary on the companies to be watched in the coming years as new entrants emerge and companies exit.

The report also provides granular ten-year forecasts of the thin-film battery market in value and volume terms with breakouts by applications, performance, battery type, etc. Applications include traditional usage in powered smart cards, medical products and sensors as well as new markets emerging related to IoT and wearables.

This report will also focus heavily on next-generation manufacturing and thin-film battery technology and how the latest trends in these areas will transform the value proposition for thin-film batteries as a whole.

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  • BrightVolt
  • Fujitsu
  • Jenax
  • Polystar
  • Showa Denko
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Executive Summary
E.1 Summary of Opportunities for Thin-Film Batteries Over the Next Decade: Analysis by End-User Segment
E.2 The Evolution of Novel Battery Technologies: A Quick Overview of Types and Opportunities
E.2.1 Generation I and Generation II Thin-Film Batteries
E.2.2 Performance and Functionality Improvements in Thin-Film Batteries: Business Opportunities
E.3 Manufacturing Trends for Thin-Film Batteries
E.4 Companies to Watch and Why
E.5 Summary of Forecasts of Thin-Film Batteries by Application and Type

Chapter One: Introduction
1.1 Background to this Report
1.1.1 Thin-Film Batteries: From Niche to Potential Mass Markets
1.1.2 Emerging Opportunities
1.2 Objective and Scope of this Report
1.3 Methodology of this Report
1.4 Plan of this Report

Chapter Two: Technological Evolution of Thin-Film Batteries
2.1 Features and Functions for Next-Generation Thin-Film Batteries
2.2 Flexible Thin-Film Batteries: An Emerging Priority
2.2.1 Flexible Batteries: Products and Projects
2.3 Charging: Rechargeability and Charging Times
2.3.1 Technology Breakthroughs in Battery Chargeability
2.3.2 Related Breakthroughs in Energy Harvesting
2.4 Lifetimes and Reliability
2.4.1 Temperature Stability
2.5 Power Management in Thin-Film Batteries
2.5.1 Examples of Power Management Products
2.6 Material Requirements for Thin-film Batteries
2.6.1 Lithium and Other Common Chemistries: Trends in Design
2.6.2 Evolution to Materials: Electrodes and Electrolytes
2.6.3 The Need for New Materials to Enable Flexibility
2.6.4 Other New Materials Directions
2.7 Manufacturing Trends for Thin-Film Batteries
2.7.1 Vacuum Manufacturing Processes are Unattractive to Battery Makers
2.7.2 Alternatives to Sputtering
2.7.3 Interfacing Marketing and Manufacturing for Next-Generation Thin-Film Batteries
2.7.4 Flexibility and Innovative Manufacturing Techniques
2.7.5 On Chip-Integration and Miniaturization
2.7.6 Thin-Film Battery Packaging and Encapsulation
2.8 Thin-film Batteries vs. Printed Batteries: A Note
2.9 Energy Density: An Issue That Never Goes Away
2.10 Thin-Film Batteries and Supercapacitors
2.11 Environmental and Safety Considerations
2.12 Key Points Made in this Chapter

Chapter Three: Thin-Film Batteries Applications: Current Niches
3.1 Products and Prices for Generation 1 Thin-Film Batteries
3.2 Existing Commercial Markets for Thin-Film Batteries
3.2.1 Established Sensor-Related Markets for Thin-Film Batteries: A Ten-Year Forecast
3.2.2 Medical and Pharmaceutical Applications: A Ten-Year Forecast of Patches, Implants and Packaging
3.2.3 Powered Smart Cards: A Ten-Year Forecast of Battery Usage
3.2.4 RFID and Smart Packaging for Food
3.3 Clock and SRAM Backup
3.4 Key Points Made in this Chapter

Chapter Four: Applications for Thin-Film Batteries in Wearables, IoT and Beyond
4.1 The Internet-of-Things as a Market for Thin-Film Batteries
4.1.1 Power Consumption Trends
4.1.2 Battery Performance in the IoT: How Various Battery Types Stack Up
4.1.3 Power for IoT Communications
4.1.4 Power Strategies for IoT Devices
4.1.5 The Role of Energy Harvesting in IoT: Radio Wave Energy
4.1.6 Power Sources for Industrial Internet of Things
4.1.7 Ten-Year Forecasts of Thin-Film Batteries in the IoT
4.2 Batteries for Wearables and Electronic Textiles
4.2.1 Evolution of Wearable Applications
4.2.2 Batteries for Wearables
4.2.3 Battery Life for Wearables
4.2.4 Chargeability Improvements
4.3 Some Notes on Cell Phones and Thin-Film Batteries
4.3.1 Impact on Batteries of “Flexible” Smartphones
4.4 Batteries for Cars and the Impact on Thin-Film Batteries
4.4.1 Notable Companies Developing Solid-State Batteries for EVs
4.5 Ten-year Forecasts for Thin-film Batteries in Wearable Applications
4.6 Key Points Made in this Chapter

Chapter Five: Companies Active in the Thin-Film Battery Space
5.1 Industry Structure and Influential Companies
5.2 Apple
5.3 Applied Materials
5.4 BrightVolt
5.5 Cymbet
5.6 Google
5.7 Ilika
5.8 ITN Energy Systems
5.9 LG Chem
5.10 Oakridge Global Energy Solutions
5.10.1 OGES and Sojitz
5.10.2 OGES and IST
5.11 Panasonic
5.12 Prieto Battery and Intel
5.13 Sakti3
5.14 Samsung SDI
5.15 Sony
5.16 STMicroelectronics
5.17 TDK
5.18 Toes Opto-Mechatronics
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report
About the Author

List of Exhibits
Exhibit E-1: Summary of Thin-Film Battery Opportunities by End-User Sector
Exhibit E-2: Novel Battery Opportunities: How Thin-Film Batteries Fit Into the Mix.
Exhibit E-3: Generation I vs. Generation II Thin-film Batteries: Business Characteristics Comparison
Exhibit E-4: Product Development Directions and R&D/technology-related Opportunities for Thin-Film Batteries.
Exhibit E-5: Six Companies to Watch in the Thin-Film Batteries Space.
Exhibit E-6: Thin-Film Battery Market by Application ($ Millions)
Exhibit 1-1: The Fit Between IoT/Wearables and Thin-Film Batteries.
Exhibit 2-1: Performance Metrics of Various Battery Types.
Exhibit 2-2: Types of Flexibility for Electronics and Battery Devices.
Exhibit 2-3: Cycle Lifetime for Different Electrolyte.
Exhibit 2-4: Voltage for Selected Electrolytes.
Exhibit 2-5: Performance Differences Resulting from Using Different Electrolytes.
Exhibit 2-6: Selected Material Trends for Lithium Batteries.
Exhibit 2-7: Available Thin-film Fabrication Techniques for Thin-film Solid Electrolytes.
Exhibit 2-8: Energy Density for Selected Types of Batteries.
Exhibit 2-9: Energy Density for Various Electrolytes.
Exhibit 3-1: PowerStreams's Ultra-Thin Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery Cost
Exhibit 3-2: Current and Future Requirements for Thin Batteries Used in Sensors.
Exhibit 3-3: Ten-Year Forecast of Thin-Film Batteries for Conventional Sensors and Sensor Networks
Exhibit 3-4: Ten-Year Forecast of Thin-Film Batteries for Medical Implants.
Exhibit 3-5: Ten-Year Forecast of Thin-Film Batteries for Medical Disposables.
Exhibit 3-6: Smart Packaging: Ten-Year Forecast of Printed and Thin-Film Batteries Used In Pharma Packaging.
Exhibit 3-7: Ten-Year Forecast of Thin-Film Batteries in Powered Smart Cards.
Exhibit 3-8: Smart Packaging: Ten-Year Forecast of Thin-Film Batteries – Smart Food Packaging.
Exhibit 3-9: Semiconductor and Computer Industry Applications: Ten-Year Forecasts of Thin-Film Battery Use.
Exhibit 4-1: Criteria and Capabilities of IoT Power Sources.
Exhibit 4-2: Special Battery Requirements for the Industrial Internet-of-Things.
Exhibit 4-3: Ten-Year Forecast of Thin-Film Batteries for IoT Devices.
Exhibit 4-4: Thin-film Batteries in Wearables: Challenges, Impacts, and Solutions.
Exhibit 4-5: Battery Life of Wearables’ to Track Health.
Exhibit 4-6: Wearables: Ten-Year Forecast of Thin-Film Batteries.
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Thin film battery makers have always viewed sensor networks as having strong potential for thin film batteries, but the IoT will lead to tens of billions of sensor nodes being put in place. Thin film batteries can compete as an IoT power source in this sector only if their cost and size can be reduced by almost an order of magnitude and there are now processes being developed that will be able to meet this objective. n-tech also expects that energy harvesting will serve as a key enabling technology for thin-film batteries in the IoT, which is expected to generate around $110 million in revenues by 2021.

By 2021, revenue for thin-film batteries for wearable electronics is expected to reach around $120 million by 2021. While many wearables can make do with conventional batteries, the wearable market will intrinsically require flexible batteries that can be embedded in thin devices, straps or clothing. There are now active R&D programs to develop such flexible batteries involving some of the largest electronics firms in the world. Wearables are another area where energy harvesting will play an important role: energy harvesting using body heat or body motion is an effective way to recharge thin film batteries.

Today, most thin film batteries are fabricated using the vacuum processes, such as sputtering. This can be expensive processes and involve traditional battery firms in major capital expense. Existing battery makers are often unwilling to spend the money to buy new plant, especially since they are not typically familiar with sputtering and similar processes. Alternatives to vacuum fabrication for thin film batteries are being developed including coating and lamination. And flexible batteries could potentially be manufactured in an R2R process.
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- 24M
- ALD NanoSolutions
- Analog Devices
- Apple
- Applied Materials
- BrightVolt
- Broadcom
- Cymbet
- Ericsson
- FlexEl
- Fujitsu
- Ilika
- Intel
- Jeeva
- Jenax
- Kurt J. Lesker
- LG
- Panasonic
- Polystar
- Prieto
- Sakti3
- Samsung
- Sapurast Research
- Showa Denko
- Sony
- STMicroelectronics
- Toes Opto-Mechatronics
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