Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > The $41 billion energy storage market: the next big energy investment

Abstract:
Lux Research report predicts growth to $64 billion in 2012, but entrants struggle with a complex market

The $41 billion energy storage market: the next big energy investment

New York, NY | Posted on May 29th, 2008

From the mobile phones carried by 3.3 billion people to the half a million hybrid electric vehicles sold last year, the world runs on energy storage technologies - the batteries, capacitors, and other devices that play a hidden, vital role in the energy economy. Energy storage is poised as the next big energy investment field: Venture capital in the field grew 74% to $709 million in 2007. But a complex market with many competing technologies will challenge firms that seek simple routes to success, according to a new report from Lux Research entitled "Alternative Power and Energy Storage State of the Market Q2 2008: Making Sense of the Next Big Thing."

"Energy storage is fragmented because it covers a vast range of technologies - from batteries to flywheels to compressed air systems - that play into multiple market segments," said Ying Wu, Senior Analyst at Lux Research and principal author of the report. "But the prize for companies that succeed is tremendous: The market will grow by 55% over the next five years."

To make sense of the energy storage opportunity, Lux Research studied the field from two perspectives - analyzing seven energy storage markets, like "transportation" and "consumer electronics," on one hand, and five technology variations - from batteries to energy harvesting devices - on the other. The team's methodology combined expert interviews with exhaustive secondary research and rigorous quantitative modeling. Report highlights include:


The transportation energy storage market will grow from $12.9 billion last year to $19.9 billion in 2012, the greatest growth of all seven markets studied - principally driven by light electric vehicle shipments rising from about 500,000 to nearly three million as new plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles emerge. NiMH and Li-ion batteries will take center stage in this market, benefiting companies like Matsushita Electric and LG Chem.

Fuel cells will return from the dead. Commercial sales will rise from $92 million in 2007 to $1.8 billion in 2012, driven almost entirely by new applications in residential combined heat and power systems and distributed generation deployments - not transportation or consumer electronics. Adoption of both polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) will drive growth for leaders like Ballard Power Systems and Ceramic Fuel Cells.

Bulk energy storage for utilities - shifting large amounts of energy from excess production times to peak usage times - presents the biggest potential opportunity of all markets studied: If even 10% of installed wind power plants adopted large-scale energy storage, the market would hit $50 billion. However, utility companies' risk aversion and long planning cycles will sharply limit market size through 2012 to only $600 million.

After conquering the consumer electronics market, lithium-ion batteries will make similar inroads in the portable and transportation markets - going from $6.8 billion in 2007 sales to $16.9 billion in 2012. Nickel metal hydride and nickel cadmium technologies will be almost completely wiped out in consumer electronics.

Financing activities have swelled in energy storage: 2007 saw the greatest level of venture capital spending to date and a resurgence of IPOs. Expected IPOs from companies like A123Systems will drive venture capital, M&A, and IPO activity further upward in the next two years.

"The energy storage landscape will change over the next five years as new technologies enter in earnest from 2011 onward," said Wu. "Flywheels will branch out from datacenter backup power to grid frequency regulation; fuel cells will finally achieve scale in stationary applications; and new battery types including zinc-bromide and vanadium redox flow batteries, silver-zinc batteries, and zinc-air rechargeables will stake out valuable niches. Opportunities abound for investors to take a portfolio approach to the market and for corporations to partner with start-ups for market development, system integration, and large-scale manufacturing."

"Alternative Power and Energy Storage State of the Market Q2 2008: Making Sense of the Next Big Thing" is part of the LR Alternative Power and Energy Storage Intelligence service. Clients receive: 1) State of the Market reports every six months; 2) ongoing technology scouting reports and proprietary data points in the weekly Lux Research Power Journal; and 3) on-demand inquiry with Lux Research analysts. For information on how to become a client, contact John Schwartz at or (646) 649-9582.

####

About Lux Research, Inc.
Lux Research provides strategic advice and on-going intelligence for emerging technologies. Leaders in business, finance, and government rely on us to help them make informed strategic decisions. Through our unique research approach focused on primary research and our extensive global network, we deliver insight, connections, and competitive advantage to our clients.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
Carole Jacques
Lux Research, Inc.
(646) 649-9585

Copyright © Lux Research, Inc.

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Designing ultrasound tools with Lego-like proteins August 29th, 2016

A nanoscale wireless communication system via plasmonic antennas: Greater control affords 'in-plane' transmission of waves at or near visible light August 27th, 2016

Forces of nature: Interview with microscopy innovators Gerd Binnig and Christoph Gerber August 26th, 2016

A promising route to the scalable production of highly crystalline graphene films August 26th, 2016

Investments/IPO's/Splits

Industrial Nanotech, Inc. Provides Shareholder Update August 22nd, 2016

Carbodeon Ltd Oy Closes EUR 1.5 million Funding Round From Straightforward Capital: Carbodeon will accelerate its nanodiamonds business and expand manufacturing capacity August 21st, 2016

Leading Advanced Materials Manufacturer Pixelligent Closes $10.4 Million in Funding: Capital Will Boost Capacity for North American Manufacturing, Drive Asian Expansion, and Continue Innovation in Solid State Lighting and OLED Display Applications August 16th, 2016

Harris & Harris Group to Host a Shareholder Update Call, Including a Presentation by One of Its Precision Health and Medicine Portfolio Companies, Muses Labs, Inc., on August 23, 2016 August 16th, 2016

Announcements

Designing ultrasound tools with Lego-like proteins August 29th, 2016

A nanoscale wireless communication system via plasmonic antennas: Greater control affords 'in-plane' transmission of waves at or near visible light August 27th, 2016

Forces of nature: Interview with microscopy innovators Gerd Binnig and Christoph Gerber August 26th, 2016

A promising route to the scalable production of highly crystalline graphene films August 26th, 2016

Interviews/Book Reviews/Essays/Reports/Podcasts/Journals/White papers

Designing ultrasound tools with Lego-like proteins August 29th, 2016

A nanoscale wireless communication system via plasmonic antennas: Greater control affords 'in-plane' transmission of waves at or near visible light August 27th, 2016

Forces of nature: Interview with microscopy innovators Gerd Binnig and Christoph Gerber August 26th, 2016

A promising route to the scalable production of highly crystalline graphene films August 26th, 2016

Energy

New electrical energy storage material shows its power: Nanomaterial combines attributes of both batteries and supercapacitors August 25th, 2016

Lehigh engineer discovers a high-speed nano-avalanche: New findings published in the Journal of Electrochemical Society about the process involving transformations in glass that occur under intense electrical and thermal conditions could lead the way to more energy-efficient glas August 24th, 2016

New flexible material can make any window 'smart' August 23rd, 2016

Researchers reduce expensive noble metals for fuel cell reactions August 22nd, 2016

Battery Technology/Capacitors/Generators/Piezoelectrics/Thermoelectrics/Energy storage

Stretchy supercapacitors power wearable electronics August 25th, 2016

New electrical energy storage material shows its power: Nanomaterial combines attributes of both batteries and supercapacitors August 25th, 2016

Lehigh engineer discovers a high-speed nano-avalanche: New findings published in the Journal of Electrochemical Society about the process involving transformations in glass that occur under intense electrical and thermal conditions could lead the way to more energy-efficient glas August 24th, 2016

Lithium-ion batteries: Capacity might be increased by 6 times August 9th, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







Car Brands
Buy website traffic