The Energy Storage Systems - 2015 iNEMI Roadmap is the most comprehensive roadmap published to date by the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI). The complete roadmap report is available here. The 2015 Roadmap was developed by five Product Emulator Groups (PEGs) and 19 Technology Working Groups (TWGs). The TWGs responded to the inputs and requirements outlined by representatives of OEMs in the five Product Emulator Groups (PEGs). These groups included more than 500 direct participants from over 280 private corporations, consortia, government agencies, and universities in 20 countries.
The roadmap identifies major trends in the evolution of energy storage and conversion technology, with an emphasis on identifying potentially disruptive events (business and technology). It provides the information needed to identify critical technology and infrastructure gaps, prioritize R&D needs to meet those gaps, and initiate activities that address industry needs.
Through its roadmaps, iNEMI charts future opportunities and challenges for the electronics manufacturing industry. These widely utilized roadmaps:
• Help OEMs, EMS providers and suppliers prioritize investments in R&D
and technology deployment
• Influence the focus of university-based research
• Provide guidance for government investment in emerging technologies
The news media is replete with reports about next generation smart phones and mobile computers, zero-emission electric vehicles (EV) and renewable energy from solar and wind. All of them are large markets or emerging large markets, and share at their core a key element to store and deliver electrical energy. While consumer electronics, electric transportation, and the smart grid all require a reliable and efficient energy storage technology, the details vary greatly.
The demand for improved battery performance will continue, as manufacturers for consumer electronic devices add new features. Safety and reliability must improve. Cost will continue to decrease. The battery industry is witnessing increased interest, rising investments, influx of talent from other segments, and greater attention from regulatory bodies. It is expected that less than 10 major battery manufacturers will largely control the market as consolidation takes place. The success of electric vehicles could cause the transportation markets to eclipse consumer electronics as the major user of lithium ion batteries.
The complete report provides a full coverage of emerging and disruptive technologies across the electronics industry: 2015 iNEMI Roadmap.