Thin-Film and Printed Batteries Markets

Thin-Film and Printed Battery Markets 2015-2022

N-Tech Research, Date of Publication: Apr 27, 2015

Thin-Film and Printed Batteries Markets

This report examines the latest developments in thin-film and printed battery technologies, from materials and design to manufacturing. We also look at the supplier landscape as it stands today and how it continues to change. In this report we also evaluate all the various end markets, including eight-year forecasts for volumes and revenues.

The thin-film and printed batteries sector will expand from $34 million in 2015 to $183 million by 2018 and $1.1 billion by 2022, as long-envisioned end markets such as smart cards and packaging are surpassed by emerging opportunities in consumer electronics, wearable devices, and the Internet-of-Things. 

Among the companies discussed in this report:  Apple, Applied Materials, Blue Spark, EnerMat Technologies, Enfucell, FlexEl, Front Edge Technology, Google, Guangzhou Fullriver, Guangzhou Markyn Battery, Imprint Energy, LG Chem, Nokia, Prologium, Rocket Electric, Sakti3, Samsung, Seeo, Solicore, SolidEnergy, STMicroelectronics, Thin Film Electronics, Toes Opto-Mechatronics, and Ulvac.


Executive Summary

E.1 Changes in the Thin Battery Supplier Landscape
E.1.1 Cymbet Goes Dark    
E.1.2 IPS Update: Rumors Confirmed?    
E.2 Update on End Markets    
E.2.1 Powered Cards: Ready to Deliver?    
E.2.2 Smart Packaging: Promises, Promises    
E.2.3 Now More than Ever: Sensors and the IoT    
E.2.4  Is Consumer Electronics the Next Frontier    
E.3 Improvements in Battery Technologies    
E.3.1 Electrodes and Electrolytes    
E.3.2 Printed Batteries, Still a Screen-printed World    
E.3.3 Stretching the Limits of Folding Batteries    
E.4 Companies to Watch    
E.4.1 Apple, Samsung, and LG    
E.4.2 Imprint Energy    
E.4.3 Blue Spark Technologies (U.S.)    
E.4.4 Enfucell (Finland)    
E.4.5 Solicore (U.S.)    
E.4.6 STMicroelectronics (Switzerland)    
E.4.7  Various Asian Suppliers: Rocket, Fullriver, Toes, Prologium, PowerStream, etc.    
E.4.8 Sakti3    
E.5 Summary of Eight-Year Market Forecasts for Thin-Film and Printed Batteries
Chapter One: Introduction    

1.1 Background to this Report    
1.1.1 Needed:  Better Supply Chains    
1.1.2 Paging Godot: Powered Cards    
1.1.3 Sensors and Vertical Markets: Ready, Aim, Aim...    
1.1.4 Consumer Electronics:  The Way Forward for Thin Batteries?    
1.2 Objective and Scope of this Report    
1.3 Methodology of this Report    
1.4 Plan of this Report    

Chapter Two: Technical Trends in Thin-Film and Printed Batteries    

2.1 Energy/Power Density    
2.1.1 Research Activity in Energy and Power Density    
2.2 Form Factor: Size, Shape and Flexibility    
2.2.1 Recent Progress in Flexible Thin Batteries    
2.2.2 Game of Phones: Big Players Eyeing Flexible Batteries    
2.2.3 Foldable Batteries    
2.2.4 Flexible Thin Batteries and Carbon Nanotubes    
2.2.5 How Flexible is Flexible?    
2.3 Lifetime    
2.4 Temperature Stability    
2.5 Environmental and Safety    
2.6 Update on Thin-Film Battery Electrolytes    
2.6.1 Compelling Arguments for Solid-state Electrolytes    
2.6.2 LiPON Batteries    
2.6.3 Lithium Polymer Batteries    
2.6.4 Newer Candidates for Solid-State Electrolytes    
2.6.5 Still Chasing the Dream of Solid-State Electrolytes    
2.7 Electrode Materials and Chemistries    
2.7.1 Anodes    
2.7.2 Cathodes    
2.7.3 Printed Battery Chemistries    
2.8 Manufacturing Technology/Process Improvements    
2.8.1 Deposition    
2.8.2 PARC's Co-extrusion Technology    
2.8.3 Thin-Film Tool Suppliers Seeking Markets    
2.8.4 Manufacturing Improvements in Printed Batteries    
2.8.5 3D Printing Microbatteries    
2.8.6 Printed Electronics: The Comeback Continues    
2.9 Key Points in this Chapter    

Chapter Three: Thin Batteries and Consumer Electronics    

3.1 Electronics for Consumers: Carefully Defining Future Markets    
3.2 Cell Phones: A Land of Promise?    
3.2.1 Battery Update: Big Giants' Ever-Growing Interest    
3.2.2 What Next    
3.2.3 Thin is Still In for Phones, for Now    
3.2.4 But Will the Focus Shift to Battery Performance?    
3.2.5 Where are the Flexible Phones and What Batteries will they Use?    
3.2.6 Not Flexible but Modular, Google's Project Ara    
3.3 Wearables: A Nexus of Trends for Thin Batteries    
3.3.1 Battery Requirements for Wearables    
3.3.2 The Problem with Wearables: A Smartphone by Any Other Name    
3.3.3 Designing to Win: Examples of Wearables with Thin Batteries    
3.3.4 Wearables, Clothing, and Thin Battery Technology    
3.4 Other Advancements in Thin Battery Technology: For Phones Wearables and EVs    
3.4.1 Solid-state Thin-Film Li-ion: Could EV Aims Befit Consumer Electronics?    
3.4.2 Thin-film Superbatteries: The Best of Both Worlds?    
3.4.3 Flexible Batteries to the Extreme    
3.4.4 All-Carbon Printed Batteries for Wearables:  EnerMat    
3.4.5 Printed Tattoo Batteries    
3.5 Challenges and Opportunities for Thin-Film Batteries in Consumer Electronics    
3.5.1 The Importance of Scale: Why Battery Firms Should Pursue Consumer Electronics
3.6 Eight-Year Forecast of Thin Batteries in Mobile Phones and Wearable Electronics    
3.7 Key Points from This Chapter

Chapter Four: Sensors and the IoT: Big Business for Thin Batteries    

4.1 Batteries and the Sensor Industry    
4.1.1 The Rise of Wireless Sensor Networks    
4.2 How the Internet-of-Things is Changing Sensor Networks    
4.2.1 Battery Performance in the IoT: How Various Battery Types Stack Up    
4.3 Where Thin Batteries Must Improve as IoT Power Sources    
4.4 Energy Harvesting and Thin Batteries: Dynamic Duo for Sensors    
4.4.1 Battery-Free Wireless Power for the IoT: Ready or Not?    
4.5 Novel Examples of Thin Batteries for IoT    
4.6 Sensors, Thin Batteries, and the Military    
4.6.1 Differences from the Civilian Sensor Market    
4.6.2 Military as a Funding Source    
4.7 Thoughts About Large-Area Sensors    
4.8 Eight-Year Forecast of Thin Batteries in Sensors and the IoT    
4.9 Key Points from This Chapter

Chapter Five: “Thin” Batteries for Smart Cards    

5.1 Evolution of Powered Smart Cards and TF/Printed Batteries    
5.1.1 Why TF/Printed Batteries for Powered Smart Cards    
5.2 Current and Future Battery Requirements for Smart Cards    
5.2.1 Form Factor    
5.2.2 High-Temperature Processing    
5.2.3 Thoughts about Flexible Glass    
5.3 Functionality: Why It's Still an OTP World    
5.3.1 What's New in Powered Smart Cards and OTP    
5.3.2 Smart Cards versus Mobile/E-Commerce: A Push    
5.3.3 Living in Harmony: Powered Smart Card as the E-Wallet    
5.4 Other Markets for Powered Smart Cards: Still on the Periphery    
5.4.1 Secure ID and Biometric    
5.4.2 Medical/Healthcare    
5.4.3 Customer Gift/Loyalty Rewards    
5.4.4 Powered Smart Cards as Platforms    
5.4.5 Powered Smart Cards and the IoT    
5.5 Battery Supplier Landscape for Powered Smart Cards    
5.6 Eight-Year Forecast of Thin Batteries for Powered Smart Cards    
5.7 Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Six: Thin Batteries for Smart Packaging and Disposable Products    

6.1 Framing the Market:  Making Packages Smart, With Power    
6.1.1 Smart versus Active Packaging    
6.2 Smart Food Packaging    
6.2.1 Beer and Alcohol    
6.2.2 Identifying Value: Retailers and Consumers    
6.2.3 Supply Chain Changes: Will Direct-to-Consumer Matter?    
6.2.4 NanoMarkets' Take: Still Hungry    
6.3 Pharmaceuticals    
6.3.1 Cold Chain Storage    
6.3.2 Compliance Packaging    
6.4 Medical Disposables
6.4.1 Transdermal Use    
6.4.2 Update on Medical Disposables and Patches    
6.4.3 NanoMarkets' Take    
6.5 Interactive Media: Anything Fit to Print?    
6.5.1 Our Take: Don’t Stop the Presses    
6.6 Thoughts on Thin Batteries, Packaging, and RFID    
6.6.1 Thin Batteries and BAP    
6.6.2  RFID: Standards Stew    
6.7   Battery Supplier Landscape for Smart Packaging Applications    
6.7.1 Blue Spark Technologies (United States)    
6.7.2 Enfucell (Finland)    
6.7.3 Imprint Energy    
6.7.4 Thin Film Electronics ASA (Norway)    
6.7.5 Solicore (U.S.)    
6.7.6 Toes Opto-Mechatronics Co. (Taiwan)    
6.8 Eight-Year Forecast of Printed and Thin-Film Batteries in Smart Packaging Applications
6.9  Key Points from this Chapter

Chapter Seven: "Other" Markets for Thin Batteries    

7.1 Lingering Potential    
7.2 Medical Implants    
7.2.1 Requirements for Thin Batteries    
7.2.2 Miniature Implantable Medical Devices (MIMD)    
7.2.3 Printed Bio-compatible Batteries    
7.3 Diagnostics, Smart Bandages, and CPR Devices    
7.4 Eight-Year Forecast of Thin Batteries in Medical Implants    
7.5 Semiconductor and Computer Industry Applications    
7.5.1 Computer Memories and Clocks    
7.5.2 Thinking Outside the Box: Other Computing Applications for Thin-film Batteries
7.6 Eight-Year Forecast of Thin Batteries in Semiconductor and Computer Industry 
7.7 Key Points in this Chapter

Chapter Eight:  Summary of Eight-Year "Thin" Battery Forecasts    

8.1 Summary of Eight-Year "Thin" Battery Forecasts by Application    
8.2 Thin-Film Batteries and Printed Battery Breakout    
8.2.1 Thin-Film Batteries    
8.2.2 Printed Batteries    
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report    
About the Author    

List of Exhibits

Exhibit E-1: Performance Requirements for Thin-Film/Printed Batteries by Application    
Exhibit E-2 :Thin-Film and Printed Batteries Market: Total Market ($ Millions)    
Exhibit 3-1: Anatomy of a Wearable Device    
Exhibit 3-2: Thin-film Batteries in Wearables and Flexible Phones : Challenges, Impacts, and Solutions    
Exhibit 3-3: Eight-Year Forecasts of Thin-Film Batteries in Mobile Phones    
Exhibit 3-4: Eight-Year Forecast of Thin-Film Batteries in Wearable Electronics    
Exhibit 4-1: Current and Future Requirements for Thin Batteries Used in Sensors    
Exhibit 4-2: Criteria and Capabilities of IoT Power Sources    
Exhibit 4-3: Performance Metrics of Various Battery Types    
Exhibit 4-4: Eight-Year Forecast of Thin-Film and Printed Batteries in Sensors and Sensor Networks    
Exhibit 5-1: Performance Requirements for Thin-Film/Printed Batteries by Application    
Exhibit 5-2: Pros and Cons of OTP via Powered Smart Card vs, Smartphones    
Exhibit 5-3: Eight-Year Forecast for Printed and Thin-Film Batteries in Powered Smart Cards    115
Exhibit 6-1: Smart Packaging and Disposables: Opportunities and Challenges    
Exhibit 6-2: RFID Tagging Options and their Features    
Exhibit 6-3: Eight-Year Forecast for Printed and Thin-Film Batteries in Food Packaging Applications    
Exhibit 6-4: Eight-Year Forecast for Printed and Thin-Film Batteries in Pharmaceutical Applications
Exhibit 6-5: Eight-Year Forecast for Printed and Thin-Film Batteries in Medical Disposables    
Exhibit 6-6: Eight-Year Forecast for Printed Batteries in Interactive Media    
Exhibit 6-7: Eight-Year Forecasts for Printed and Thin-Film Batteries in Smart Packaging    
Exhibit 7-1: Eight-Year Forecast for Printed and Thin-Film Batteries in Medical Implants    
Exhibit 7-2: Eight-Year Forecast for Printed and Thin-Film Batteries in Semiconductor and Computer Industry Applications    
Exhibit 8-1: Thin-Film and Printed Batteries Market: Total Market ($ Millions)
Exhibit 8-2: Thin-Film and Printed Batteries Market: Total Market    
Exhibit 8-3: Thin-Film and Printed Batteries Market: Revenues by Chemistry Type

Date of Publication:
Apr 27, 2015
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