NEW YORK Jan. 25, 2011
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STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Supercapacitors are devices utilized to store and release energy that are gaining increasing interest not only in their traditional field of application (electronics) but also in other sectors such as power generation and transportation.
The main goal of this report is to provide new insights into supercapacitor technology by outlining technological trends and supplying a market analysis for these products.
Specifically, the major objectives of this study are to:
Provide a detailed review of supercapacitors, including a description of their types and fabrication technologies.
Highlight new technological developments in supercapacitor manufacturing, while outlining technical issues.
Review current fields of application for supercapacitors and investigate emerging applications.
Estimate current global markets for supercapacitors by type, application, and region, with growth forecasts through 2015 for each market segment.
Identify important technology and market trends within each market segment.
Supply an updated review of current producers of supercapacitors.
Provide a description of current worldwide research activities and evaluate their impact on industry growth.
Determine trends in recently issued U.S. patents.
REASONS FOR DOING THIS STUDY
Supercapacitors (also known as electrical double-layer capacitors or EDLCs) are devices with design and electrical characteristics between those of capacitors and batteries.
During the following 2 decades several other manufacturers developed supercapacitors and entered the EDLC market. In the late 1990s, the number of research activities resulting in patent applications and issued patents began to increase rapidly. By the end of the first decade of the new millennium the number of new patents had risen by a factor of 3, leading to the development of products with improved electrical properties and lower unit costs.
The market for EDLCs is currently valued at approximately a half-billion dollars and continues to grow at a very healthy pace.
The principal reason for doing this study is to present a current assessment of the supercapacitor industry from both a technological and a market point of view and to outline future trends and key developments.
There is also a need to evaluate the current status and future trends of the EDLC industry from a global standpoint. As use of this technology expands, information on regional production, sales, and type of suppliers becomes more valuable.
An equally important reason for performing this study is to provide technical insights into supercapacitor manufacturing by:
Supplying a review of EDLC types, their applications, and production methods.
Identifying current technical issues.
Providing an overview of global R&D activities related to supercapacitors, both within public and private organizations.
Illustrating the latest technological developments.
This information can assist companies in finding opportunities for process and productivity improvements, resulting in a positive impact on future market growth.
This study will be of primary interest to all companies that:
Manufacture, sell, and distribute supercapacitors and other energy devices (e.g., batteries and fuel cells).
Supply raw materials for EDLC production.
Manufacture devices and systems that utilize supercapacitors (such as mobile phones, photovoltaic cells, wind turbines, and automobile electrical components).
Provide technical and/or marketing services in conjunction with the above- mentioned devices.
Are planning to enter the supercapacitor industry as a supplier, manufacturer, or end-user.
Overall, this study applies to industry sectors such as electronics, energy, sensors and instrumentation, medical, and transportation.
This study is mainly directed toward executives, directors, operations managers, sales and marketing managers, and strategic planners working within the above industries. Universities and research facilities may find this study to be a good source of technical information regarding supercapacitor technology, materials, equipment, and applications, which can be used as a baseline for new or expanded R&D activities. Librarians of technical information and research centers can also use this report to provide critical data to product managers, market analysts, researchers, and other professionals needing detailed and updated insights into the supercapacitor industry.
SCOPE OF REPORT
This study provides an updated review of supercapacitor technology, including materials and production processes, and identifies current and emerging applications for this technology.
BCC Research determines the current market status of supercapacitors, defines trends, and presents forecasts of growth over the next 5 years. Technological issues, including the latest process developments, are also discussed.
BCC Research analyzes the supercapacitor industry on a worldwide basis from the standpoint of both manufacturing and consumption. In addition, the study examines commercial and public research activities in major regions of the world. Research objectives and areas of interest related to materials, production methods, and applications of supercapacitors are also outlined.
More specifically, BCC’s market analysis is divided into five parts.
In the first part, a historical review of supercapacitors is provided, including an outline of recent events. In addition, the report supplies a detailed description of EDLC types and their fabrication processes. In this section, current and emerging applications for these products are also identified and divided by sector (i.e., electronics, energy, transportation, medical, and sensors and instrumentation).
The second part of the report entails a global market analysis of EDLCs. Current technical issues are described, followed by a review of related, recent technological developments and patent abstracts. Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented by supercapacitor type, application, and region, with actual data for the years 2008 and 2009 and estimated data for the year 2010.
This section concludes with a presentation of market growth trends based on industry growth, technological trends, and regional trends. Projected revenues are reported, with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGR) for the period 2010 through 2015.
In the third part, covering global industry structure, the report provides a complete list of suppliers of supercapacitors and a description of their products. The analysis includes a description of the geographical distribution of these firms and an evaluation of production versus consumption, always from a geographical standpoint. Detailed company profiles of the top industry players are also provided.
In the fourth part of this study, an analysis of industry competitiveness is performed. This analysis encompasses a review of global research and development activities, with profiles of the most important R&D players by region, and an outline of the most critical factors contributing to industry competitiveness.
The fifth and final section includes an extensive U.S. patent analysis, with a summary of patents related to supercapacitor types, fabrication methods, and applications issued during the period 2007 through 2010. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, application, and EDLC type.
METHODOLOGY AND INFORMATION SOURCES
Both primary and secondary research methodologies were used to obtain market data and analyze the overall market and market segments.
The technology section of this report is based on information derived from technical literature, related BCC reports, professional journals, the author’s field experience, and online sources.
Global market analysis was performed by analyzing 73 manufacturers of supercapacitors, accounting for at least 95% of the global market. Data for each company was obtained by thoroughly analyzing Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, Internet websites, annual reports, industry directories, industry magazines and catalogs, government sources, and other public sources.
Additional data was obtained from the direct contribution of primary sources, including: company executives, managers, engineers and other technical personnel representing manufacturers, developers, and users of supercapacitors and related materials and process equipment; representatives of academia and trade associations; and industry market analysts.
Secondary sources of information include:
EDGAR – U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
European Patent Office
Company annual reports
S&P Industry Survey
Dun & Bradstreet Business Directory
American Ceramic Society publications
Foreign Chamber of Commerce directories
Foreign Stock Exchange listings
In addition to utilizing the above-noted primary and secondary sources, market growth trends and forecasts were compiled by gaining additional insights from relevant financial and market information, relevant BCC reports, and the author’s own in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the collected information.
Ms. Gagliardi has authored numerous BCC Research studies, including the following that are related to advanced materials and electronics:
NAN043B Nanofibers: Technologies and Developing Markets, 2010
AVM069A Photocatalysts: Technologies and Global Markets, 2010
SMC061B Atomic Layer Deposition, 2010
AVM046B Thick Film Devices, Processes and Applications, 2010
AVM052B Aerogels, 2009
AVM065A Smart Glass: Technologies and Global Markets, 2009
SMC037D Sputtering Targets and Sputtered Films: Technology and Markets, 2008
NAN043A Nanofibers: Technologies and Developing Markets, 2007
NAN042A Nanorobotics and NEMS, 2007
AVM052A Aerogels, 2006
SMC061A Atomic Layer Deposition, 2006
SMC037C Sputtering Targets and Sputtered Films: Technology and Markets, 2005
SMC057A Thin Films: Raw Materials, Technology and Applications, 2005
AVM046A Thick Film Devices, Processes and Applications, 2004
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