Reportlinker Adds Rechargeable and Non-Rechargeable, Flexible, Thin-Film Batteries: A Global Industry and Market Analysis

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Rechargeable and Non-Rechargeable, Flexible, Thin-Film Batteries: A Global Industry and Market Analysis

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STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES

Thin-film battery power systems differ from regular rechargeable micro-batteries used in notebooks, PDAs and mobile phones, which are available in prismatic, cylindrical and button forms. Commercially, low-profile micro-battery buttons have thicknesses ranging from 0.9mm to 2.1mm, compared to thicknesses below 0.6mm for flexible thin-film batteries.

Rechargeable thin-film cells can be stored for decades yet retain almost all their charge, according to developers, and they deliver powerful bursts of energy whenever needed. In many applications, they also can be actively used for decades, since they can be charged and discharged tens of thousands of times. To date, small-scale power supplies have been the missing link in the information revolution, a significant obstacle to the ubiquitous computing "aware environments" and smart machines that have been heralded as the next big wave of silicon intelligence.

Within the decade, however, all this will change. As the micro-device market grows, new innovations will redefine the personal uses of power. The individual will be free from household and workplace power grids, relying – when desired – on personal (and personalized) mobile power systems. Connectivity, communication and knowledge management will be forever changed.

Roll-to-roll production of thin-film printed batteries will be low cost and high volume. These batteries can be manufactured in any size, shape, voltage, or power capacity needed. Thin-film batteries are positioned to become the next generation of lithium batteries for portable electronic applications.

Therefore, this study focuses on thin-film batteries that can be used in powering one-time password display-type smart cards, semi-BAP RFID tags, semi-active tags with temperature sensors (used in functional packaging or smart packaging), interactive merchandising displays, cosmetic and medical patches, greeting cards, toys and novelty items, as well as energy storage in ultra-low power (ULP) energy harvesting power systems (below 100milli-amps) of wireless devices.

This study provides market data about the size and growth of thin-film battery applications segments and new developments, including a detailed patent analysis, company profiles and industry trends. Another goal of this report is to provide a detailed and comprehensive multi-client study of the market in North America, Europe, Japan, China, India, Korea and the rest of the world (ROW) for thin-film batteries and potential future business opportunities.

The objectives include thorough coverage of the underlying economic issues driving the thin-film battery business as well as assessments of new, advanced thin-film batteries that companies are developing. Also covered are legislative pressures for more safety and environmental protection, as well as users' expectations for economical thin-film batteries. Another important objective is to provide realistic market data and forecasts for thin-film batteries. This study provides the most thorough and up-to-date assessment that can be found anywhere on the subject. It also provides extensive quantification of the many important facets of market developments in thin-film batteries throughout the world. This, in turn, contributes to consideration of what kinds of strategic responses companies may adopt in order to compete in this dynamic market.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY

Global megatrends of portability, connectivity, tracking, safety, environmental protection, automation, and do-it-yourself healthcare are driving innovations in flat, flexible, functional devices like display-type plastic smart cards, RFIDs, data loggers, displays, drug-delivery patches, sensors and displays. These new devices, sometimes referred to as "smart active labels," address the urgent need for safe and small-form-function power sources. iRAP had conducted a study on the same subject in 2007. However, with increasing requirements for smart cards, sensors, and medical and consumer applications, many new developments and new products have appeared in the market. Therefore, iRAP felt a need to do a detailed technology and market update. along with a detailed analysis in this industry.

CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE STUDY

This study is intended to benefit existing manufacturers of BAP RFID tags, display- type OTP smartcards, smart packaging, medical implantables, microelectronics products and energy harvesting systems for wireless sensors, as well as manufacturers who seek to expand revenues and market opportunities by moving into new technologies such as thin-film batteries. This study also will benefit manufacturers of thin-film batteries and component manufacturers who deal with new types of thin-film batteries for power-hungry electronic products including wireless sensors and chips.

The study also provides the most complete account of thin-film battery growth in North America, Europe, Japan, China and the rest of the world currently available in a multi-client format. These markets have also been estimated according to types of materials used, such as lithium phosphorus oxynitride, solid-polymer electrolytes and zinc-manganese electrode bases using solid electrolytes.

This report provides the most thorough and up-to-date assessment that can be found anywhere on the subject. The study also provides an extensive quantification of the many important facets of market developments in emerging markets for thin-film batteries such as, for example, China. This contributes to the determination of what kinds of strategic responses suppliers may adopt in order to compete in these dynamic markets.

SCOPE AND FORMAT

The market data contained in this report quantify opportunities for thin-film batteries. In addition to product types, the report also covers many issues concerning the merits and future prospects of the thin-film batteries business, including corporate strategies, information technologies and the means for providing these highly advanced products and service offerings. It also covers in detail the economic and technological issues regarded by many as critical to the industry's current state of change. The report provides a review of the thin-film battery industry and its structure, as well as the many companies involved in providing these batteries and related products. The competitive positions of the main players in the thin-film battery markets and the strategic options they face are also discussed, along with such competitive factors as marketing, distribution and operations.

TO WHOM THE STUDY CATERS

The study will benefit existing manufacturers of handheld electronic consumer products who seek to expand revenues and market opportunities by growing into the new technology of thin-film batteries, which are now positioned to become a preferred solution for many types of energy storage and power delivery applications.

This study provides a technical overview of the thin-film batteries most appropriate for RFID tags, smart cards, medical implantables, wireless chips, sensors, etc., looking at major technology developments and existing barriers. Audiences for this study include marketing executives, business unit managers and other decision makers in thin-film battery companies and companies peripheral to this business.

REPORT SUMMARY

The thin-film battery (TFB) market is an attractive and still-growing multimillion dollar market characterized by very high production volumes of thin-film batteries that must be extremely reliable and low in cost. Thin-film lithium and lithium-ion batteries are ideally suited for a variety of applications where small power sources are needed. By using the available space within a device, the battery can provide the required power while occupying otherwise wasted space and adding negligible mass.

Three very distinct types of flexible TFB technologies exist – lower performance printed TFBs, single-use higher performance lithium polymer (LiPo) batteries, and solid-state rechargeable lithium phosphorous oxynitride (LiPON) batteries (which are the most expensive). Currently, non-rechargeable zinc batteries can be fully printed and used in roll-to-roll manufacturing processes.

The range of possible applications for these batteries derives from their important advantages over conventional battery technologies. They can be made in virtually any shape and size to meet the requirements of an application. The batteries are rechargeable, which means their size need be no larger than is required to satisfy the energy requirements on a single cycle, thus reducing cost and weight, which in itself may give birth to new applications.

Up until now, various power factors have impinged on the advancement and development of microdevices. Power density, cell weight, battery life and form factor all have proven significant and cumbersome when considered for microapplications. Batteries of the future will need to be miniaturized, untethered, and portable.

The Summary Table and Summary Figure below project market trends for thin-film batteries according to region. The global market for thin-film batteries is expected to reach $90million in 2010. This market will increase to $600million by 2015 with a growth rate of 46.1% annually for the next five year.

Other major findings of this report are:

  • The range for the average annual growth rate (AAGR) is expected to be 37.9% to 67.8% for the six major regions surveyed for the period 2010 to 2015.

  • Regionally, North America is expected to capture about 40% of the market in 2010, followed by Europe at 36% and the rest of the world (ROW) at 24%, dominated by Japan, Korea and China.

  • The market for thin-film batteries used in one-time password (OTP), display-type smart cards for banking will be highest in 2010.

  • Disposable medical cosmetic patches, electronic games and entertainment devices, music greeting cards using non-rechargeable thin printed battery (zinc-manganese chemistry), low power semi-active tags used with sensors, and battery-assisted passive (BAP) radio frequency identification (RFID) devices will have a combined market share of over one-third of the total market in 2010.

  • Ultra-low power energy harvesting devices (solar, thermal, vibration) using rechargeable lithium-ion or similar type batteries will be a distant third in 2010 and will slightly increase its share by 2015.

  • The main factor slowing growth of the market for thin-film/printed batteries at present is high cost. Thin-film/printable batteries are currently unable to compete with conventional battery technology on price. This will change as volumes for thin-film/printed batteries ramp up and technology improves.

  • Among the three technologies covered in this report, in 2010 the market share for non-rechargeable thin zinc-manganese printed batteries is the highest followed by lithium polymer thin-film non-rechargeable battery technology and rechargeable thin-film lithium-ion batteries as a distant third.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION I

STUDY GOAL AND OBJECTIVES II

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY III

CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE STUDY III

SCOPE AND FORMAT IV

METHODOLOGY IV

INFORMATION SOURCES V

TO WHOM THE STUDY CATERS VI

AUTHOR'S CREDENTIALS VI

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY VIII

SUMMARY TABLE GLOBAL MARKET FOR THIN-FILM FLEXIBLE BATTERIES BY REGION THROUGH 2015 IX

SUMMARY FIGURE GLOBAL MARKET FOR THIN-FILM BATTERIES BY REGION, 2010 AND 2015 IX

SUMMARY (CONTINUED) X

INDUSTRY OVERVIEW 1

LEADING MANUFACTURERS 1

KEY IMPACT OF THIN-FILM BATTERIES 2

COMPETITIVE INNOVATION TRENDS 3

RESEARCH TRENDS IN THIN-FILM BATTERIES 4

APPLICATION TRENDS 5

APPLICATION TRENDS (CONTINUED) 6

TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW 7

TYPES OF TECHNOLOGIES 7

TYPES OF TECHNOLOGIES (CONTINUED) 8

TABLE 1 KEY TERMINOLOGIES USED IN THIN-FILM BATTERIES 9

TABLE 1 (CONTINUED) 10

TABLE 1 (CONTINUED) 11

TABLE 1 (CONTINUED) 12

TABLE 2 TYPICAL THICKNESSES OF COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE 13

THIN-FILM BATTERIES IN 2010 13

ZINC-MANGANESE THIN-FILM BATTERIES 14

MANGANESE-ZINC-OXIDE-BASED CATHODE USING SOLID ELECTROLYTES 14

FIGURE 1 TYPICAL NON-RECHARGEABLE ZINC-MANGANESE THIN-FILM BATTERY 15

CONSTRUCTION 16

FIGURE 2 VOLTAGE ACHIEVED IN A SINGLE NON-RECHARGEABLE ZINC- MANGANESE THIN-FILM BATTERY 16

CHARACTERISTICS 17

THIN-FILM PRIMARY LITHIUM SOLID POLYMER ELECTROLYTE (SPE) BATTERY 18

CONSTRUCTION 18

FIGURE 3 TYPICAL NON-RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM POLYMER THIN-FILM BATTERY 19

LITHIUM-ION RECHARGEABLE THIN-FILM BATTERY USING LIPON AS THE ELECTROLYTE 20

CHEMISTRY CHOICES 20

TABLE 3 CHEMISTRIES AND PRODUCTION METHODS ADOPTED FOR TYPICAL RECHARGEABLE SOLID-STATE LITHIUM-ION THIN-FILM BATTERIES 21

TABLE 3 (CONTINUED) 22

CONSTRUCTION 23

FIGURE 4 A VIEW OF FIVE DIFFERENT TYPICAL RECHARGEABLE, SOLID-STATE, LITHIUM-ION, THIN-FILM BATTERIES 23

CHARACTERISTICS OF THIN-FILM, RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES 24

CHARACTERISTICS OF THIN-FILM, RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES (CONTINUED) 25

TABLE 4 PERFORMANCE AND CHARACTERSTICS OF THREE RECHARGEABLE, SOLID-STATE, LITHIUM-ION, THIN-FILM BATTERIES 26

TABLE 5 COMPARISON OF BATTERY PERFORMANCE 27

APPLICATIONS 27

ONE-TIME PASSWORD, DISPLAY-TYPE SMART CARDS 27

ONE-TIME PASSWORD, DISPLAY-TYPE SMART CARDS (CONTINUED) 28

FIGURE 5 THREE TYPES OF ONE-TIME PASSWORD, DISPLAY-TYPE SMART CARDS USING NON-RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM POLYMER THIN-FILM BATTERIES 29

DISPOSABLE MEDICAL COSMETIC PATCHES 29

DISPOSABLE MEDICAL COSMETIC PATCHES (CONTINUED) 30

FIGURE 6 A TYPICAL MEDICAL PATCH USING NON-RECHARGEABLE, PRINTED, ZINC MANGANESE, THIN-FILM BATTERIES 31

ULTRA-LOW POWER ENERGY HARVESTING FOR WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORKS 31

FIGURE 7 TYPICAL ULTRA-LOW POWER ENERGY HARVESTING SOLAR DEVICE FOR A WIRELESS SENSOR NETWORK USING A RECHARGEABLE, SOLID-STATE, LITHIUM-ION, THIN-FILM BATTERY 32

CONSUMER MUSIC GREETING CARDS, TOYS AND NOVELTIES 33

BATTERY-ASSISTED PASSIVE RFID TAGS/LABELS 33

FIGURE 8 TYPICAL BATTERY-ASSISTED, SEMI-PASSIVE, RFID TAG USING NON- RECHARGEABLE, PRINTED ZINC MANGANESE, THIN-FILM BATTERY 34

SEMI-ACTIVE TAGS USED IN FUNCTIONAL PACKAGING 34

SEMI-ACTIVE TAGS USED IN FUNCTIONAL PACKAGING (CONTINUED) 35

FIGURE 9 A TYPICAL SMART PACKAGE (FUNCTIONAL PACKAGING) USING A NON- RECHARGEABLE, PRINTED, ZINC MANGANESE, THIN-FILM BATTERY 36

EMERGING MATERIALS USED IN THIN-FILM BATTERIES 36

EMERGING MATERIALS USED IN THIN-FILM BATTERIES (CONTINUED) 37

TABLE 6 ONGOING RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY AND FABRICATION OF THIN-FILM BATTERIES IN 2010 38

TABLE 6 (CONTINUED) 39

TABLE 6 (CONTINUED) 40

INDUSTRY STRUCTURE 41

MARKET PLAYERS 41

TABLE 7 THIN-FILM BATTERY MANUFACTURERS, MATERIAL SUPPLIERS, END USERS AND SYSTEM INTEGRATORS 42

LEADING MANUFACTURERS 43

TABLE 8 TOP MANUFACTURERS OF THIN-FILM BATTERIES IN 2010 43

PARTNERSHIPS AND CONSOLIDATIONS 44

PARTNERSHIPS AND CONSOLIDATIONS (CONTINUED) 45

TABLE 9 PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATIONS AMONG MANUFACTURERS OF THIN-FILM BATTERIES FROM 2004 TO 2010 46

TABLE 9 (CONTINUED) 47

FUNDING 47

TABLE 10 FUNDING FOR MANUFACTURING OF THIN-FILM BATTERIES, 2006 TO 2010 48

PRICE STRUCTURE 48

PRICE STRUCTURE (CONTINUED) 49

GLOBAL MARKET AND REGIONAL SHARES 50

MARKET ACCORDING TO APPLICATIONS 50

TABLE 11 GLOBAL MARKET FOR THIN-FILM FLEXIBLE BATTERIES BY APPLICATION THROUGH 2015 51

FIGURE 10 SHARE OF GLOBAL MARKET FOR THIN-FILM FLEXIBLE BATTERIES BY APPLICATION, 2010 AND 2015 52

MARKET BY TECHNOLOGY 53

TABLE 12 GLOBAL MARKET FOR THIN-FILM FLEXIBLE BATTERIES BY TECHNOLOGY THROUGH 2015 53

FIGURE 11 SHARE OF GLOBAL MARKET FOR THIN-FILM, FLEXIBLE BATTERIES BY TECHNOLOGY THROUGH 2015 54

REGIONAL MARKETS 55

TABLE 13 GLOBAL MARKET FOR THIN-FILM, FLEXIBLE BATTERIES BY REGION THROUGH 2015 55

FIGURE 12 SHARE OF GLOBAL MARKET FOR THIN-FILM FLEXIBLE BATTERIES BY REGION THROUGH 2015 56

PATENTS AND PATENT ANALYSIS 57

LIST OF PATENTS 57

FLEXIBLE THIN PRINTED BATTERY AND DEVICE AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING SAME 57

ADHESIVE BANDAGE WITH DISPLAY 57

DERMAL PATCH 58

METHOD, APPARATUS, AND KIT FOR ONYCHOMYCOSIS TREATMENT 58

ACTIVE WIRELESS TAGGING SYSTEM ON PEEL AND STICK SUBSTRATE 59

GETTERS FOR THIN FILM BATTERY HERMETIC PACKAGE 59

METHOD OF MANUFACTURING LITHIUM BATTERY 59

LONG-LIFE THIN-FILM BATTERY AND METHOD THEREFOR 60

LAYERED BARRIER STRUCTURE HAVING ONE OR MORE DEFINABLE LAYERS AND METHOD 60

METHOD OF MAKING A THIN LAYER ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL WITH SELF-FORMED SEPARATOR 60

COMBINATION STIMULATING AND EXOTHERMIC HEATING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF 61

BATTERY-OPERATED WIRELESS-COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND METHOD 61

THIN-FILM BATTERY AND ELECTROLYTE THEREFOR 61

BATTERY-ASSISTED BACKSCATTER RFID TRANSPONDER 62

POLYIMIDE-BASED LITHIUM METAL BATTERY 62

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THIN-FILM BATTERY HAVING ULTRA-THIN ELECTROLYTE 63

KIT, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLED DELIVERY OF OXIDIZING AGENT INTO THE SKIN 63

THIN LAYER ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL WITH SELF-FORMED SEPARATOR 63

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR DEPOSITING MATERIAL ONTO A SUBSTRATE USING A ROLL-TO-ROLL MASK 64

SOLID-STATE MEMS ACTIVITY-ACTIVATED BATTERY DEVICE AND METHOD 64

SOLID ELECTROLYTE, METHOD FOR PREPARING THE SAME, AND BATTERY USING THE SAME 64

SOLID ELECTROLYTE AND BATTERY EMPLOYING THE SAME 65

PACKAGED THIN-FILM BATTERIES AND METHODS OF PACKAGING THIN-FILM BATTERIES 65

POLYIMIDE MATRIX ELECTROLYTE 65

THIN-FILM BATTERY HAVING ULTRA-THIN ELECTROLYTE AND ASSOCIATED METHOD 66

METHOD FOR SYNTHESIZING THIN FILM ELECTRODES 66

THIN-FILM BATTERY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE 66

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN AMBIENT ENERGY BATTERY RECHARGE SYSTEM 67

THIN-FILM BATTERY DEVICES AND APPARATUS FOR MAKING THE SAME 67

THIN-FILM BATTERY HAVING ULTRA-THIN ELECTROLYTE 67

METHOD FOR PRODUCING AN ELECTROCHEMICAL ELEMENT 68

CONTINUOUS PROCESSING OF THIN-FILM BATTERIES AND LIKE DEVICES 68

METHOD FOR PRODUCING A RECHARGEABLE ELECTROCHEMICAL ELEMENT 69

ELECTROCHEMICAL ELEMENT 69

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN AMBIENT ENERGY BATTERY OR CAPACITOR RECHARGE SYSTEM 69

THIN ELECTRONIC CHIP CARD AND METHOD OF MAKING SAME 70

THIN-FILM BATTERY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE 70

THIN LAYER ELECTROCHEMICAL CELL WITH SELF-FORMED SEPARATOR 71

LONG-LIFE THIN-FILM BATTERY AND METHOD THEREFOR 71

DEVICE ENCLOSURES AND DEVICES WITH INTEGRATED BATTERY 71

PATENT ANALYSIS 72

TAB LE 14 NUMBER OF U.S. PATENTS GRANTED TO COMPANIES FOR THIN-FILM BATTERIES FROM 2006 THROUGH 2010 (UP TO MARCH 31) 72

FIGURE 13 TOP COMPANIES IN TERMS OF U.S. PATENTS GRANTED FOR THIN-FILM BATTERIES FROM 2006 THROUGH 2010 (UP TO MARCH 31) 73

INTERNATIONAL OVERVIEW OF U.S. PATENT ACTIVITY IN THIN-FILM BATTERIES 74

TABLE 15 NUMBER OF U.S. PATENTS GRANTED BY ASSIGNED COUNTRY/REGION FOR THIN-FILM BATTERIES FROM JANUARY 2006 THROUGH MARCH 2010 74

INTERNATIONAL OVERVIEW OF U.S. PATENT ACTIVITY (CONTINUED) 75

COMPANY PROFILES 76

ADVANCED MATERIALS INNOVATION CENTER (AMIC) 76

AJJER LLC 76

AVESO, INC. 77

BLUE SPARK TECHNOLOGIES 77

CYMBET™ CORPORATION 78

DZ CARD (THAILAND) LTD. 79

EM MICROELECTRONIC-MARIN SA 79

EMUE TECHNOLOGIES 80

ENABLE IPC CORPORATION 80

ENFUCELL OY LTD 80

EXCELLATRON SOLID STATE LLC 81

FRAUNHOFER ENAS – FRAUNHOFER RESEARCH INSTITUTION FOR ELEKCRONIC NANO SYSTEMS 82

FRONT EDGE TECHNOLOGY, INC. 82

GIESECKE & DEVRIENT GMBH 83

GRUPO INTELIGENSA 83

INFINITE POWER SOLUTIONS, INC. 84

INNOVATIVE CARD TCHNOLOGIES INC. (INCARD TECHNOLOGIES) 85

ITN ENERGY SYSTEMS, INC. 86

KSW MICROTEC AG 87

MICROELECTRONICA MASER, S.L. 87

NAGRAID SA - KUDELSKI GROUP 88

NANOENER, INC. 88

NEC CORPORATION 89

NTERA, INC. 90

OAK RIDGE MICRO-ENERGY, INC. 91

OHARA CORPORATION 92

PLANAR ENERGY DEVICES 92

POWERID® LTD. 92

POWER PAPER LTD. 93

PRELONIC TECHNOLOGIES OG 93

ROCKET ELECTRIC CO., LTD. 94

SOLICORE, INC. 94

SWECARD AB 95

THE GREENBAT PROJECT 96

UPM RAFLATAC 96

VARTA MICROBATTERY GMBH 97

VISA EUROPE 97

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