Thin-Film Batteries

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

N-Tech Research, Date of Publication: Jul 7, 2016

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.

New and Future Markets for Thin-Film Batteries 

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

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Date of Publication:
Jul 7, 2016
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