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Global Markets, Technologies and Devices for Energy Harvesting -- Focus on the EMEA Region

The global energy harvesting market was valued at $323 million in 2011 and should reach $514 million in 2012. Total market value is expected to reach nearly $3.1 billion in 2017 after increasing at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 43.2%.

As a segment, the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) should total $113 million in 2012 and $670 million in 2017, a CAGR of 42.8%.

Germany currently leads energy harvester sales in the EMEA segment and will continue to lead the segment in 2017. The German market should total $26 million in 2012 and $134 million in 2017, a CAGR of 38.8%.

SUMMARY FIGURE
GLOBAL MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION,
2010-2017 ($ MILLIONS)

Source: BCC Research

INTRODUCTION

Energy harvesters are interesting examples of nascent yet sophisticated technologies based on well-established scientific theories. The average age of the scientific theories underlying the energy conversion technologies covered in this report is in the range of a hundred years. Some energy harvesters, such as photovoltaic (PV) harvesters, are a mature, well-established technology; however, many new harvesting technologies have only been designed in the last five to 10 years.

As is explained later in the report, energy harvesting in the present day context relates to the tapping of existing ambient energy sources for use in power generation in non-grid applications and devices.

Energy harvesting leaves the field open for a wide range of uses. While the scientific bases of energy conversion principles are indisputable and have been well understood for decades, their application remained restricted to limited domains in industry and heavy engineering.

This report is an effort to examine the technological and business motivations behind the new interest in the seemingly limitless number of energy harvesting applications and their market opportunities.

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

This study's goals and objectives include the following:

  • Forecast the market size for energy harvesters in terms of dollar and unit sales.
  • Classify the market size for energy harvesters by key classification criteria in terms of dollar and unit sales.
  • Classify the market size for energy harvesters by energy source in terms of dollar and unit sales.
  • Classify the market size for energy harvesters by end application in terms of dollar and unit sales.
  • Classify the market size for energy harvesters by geographical regions in terms of dollar and unit sales.
  • Identify the market size for energy harvesters in key countries in terms of dollar and unit sales.
  • Highlight the roles played by major stakeholders and players.
  • Provide an overview of the activities of influential companies.
  • Examine crucial, innovative breakthroughs by means of a detailed patent analysis.

REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY

Energy harvesting is a nascent industry underpinned by some relatively old technologies. It presents opportunities that are unique in their diversity and marketability. However, the key driver for the proliferation of energy harvesters is the use of non-conventional materials in mainstream semiconductor fabrication technologies. This has created limitless possibilities where every naturally-occurring energy generating source could be potentially be used in numerous applications. The looming energy crisis and the global emphasis on the exploration of renewable energy sources have lent a sense of urgency to the development of the market.

This report examines the many factors shaping the energy harvesting market and attempts to present a snapshot of the end result of their mutual interaction in the shape of qualitative and quantitative analysis of the present day market. It then attempts to forecast how the market is likely to develop in the next five years.

In addition to the attractiveness of the energy harvesting market itself, there are more important reasons for exploring this subject. Energy harvesting finds application in many industries and disciplines such as energy management, instrumentation, wireless and wireline communication, materials, nanotechnology and regulation.

The report examines the energy harvesting market under the following key parameters:

  • Principal energy sources.
  • End applications.
  • Regional dynamics.
  • Key markets within countries.
  • Changes in average selling prices (ASPs).

The report presents an overview of the interplay between end-use markets and energy sources as well as between end-use markets and geographical regions. It places one in the context of the other.

SCOPE OF THE REPORT

This report presents the forecasts for energy harvesters for 2012 through 2017 on a volume and value basis.

Sales values are presented in U.S. dollars, while shipment volumes are presented in thousand units. The choice of thousands as a denomination unit was dictated by the shipment volumes for specific categories, which would have otherwise appeared too insignificant. It is important to note that energy harvesters can power wireless sensor nodes, which will ship by the billion in the future. Energy harvesters will also power several other device categories that will not be as prolific in number as wireless nodes, but will experience tremendous growth as well.

These forecasts are further broken down by energy source, end application and geographical region.

The report covers the following energy sources:

  • Solar and photovoltaic.
  • Thermal.
  • Vibration, displacement and mechanical (including biomechanical and electrostatic); also occasionally referred to as mechanical
  • Radiation and electromagnetic.
  • Chemical.

The breakdown of end-use applications includes:

  • Telecommunications.
  • Building, construction and household devices.
  • Energy exploration, generation and distribution.
  • Environmental and agricultural.
  • Industrial and automotive.
  • Defense.
  • Retail and logistics.
  • Medical.

Repetition of the list above and other lists is intentional so that the reader need not refer to previous chapters while browsing relevant market data.

The regional breakdown focuses on the following geographical areas:

  • The Americas.
  • Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
  • Asia-Pacific (APAC).

Country-specific analyses are included for the following countries:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • The Netherlands
  • Russian Federation
  • Israel
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • Japan
  • China
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Indonesia

The “Executive Summary” chapter provides the regional breakdown of the dollar sales of energy harvesters.

The “Fundamentals of Energy Harvesting” chapter introduces energy harvesting, its definition, history, drivers and challenges. It also provides an overview of the larger market and breaks it down by the key characteristics of principal energy sources and end-use markets.

The “Global Markets for Energy Harvesters: Breakdown by Sources and End-use markets” chapter provides an in-depth picture of the energy harvester business opportunity. The dollar sales and shipment volume market for energy harvesters are broken down by energy sources and then by the end-use markets. The market for individual energy sources in turn is broken down by end-use markets. The market for individual end-use markets is broken down by energy sources and geographical regions.

The “Regional Analysis” chapters take a closer look at the energy harvester market for the various regions highlighted in this report.

The “Major Participants in the Energy Harvesting Industry” chapter identifies the major categories of stakeholders involved in the development and commercialization of energy harvester technology.

The “U.S. Patent Analysis” chapter covers innovations that impact energy harvesters. Patents are categorized in terms of energy sources and areas of value, as well on the basis of allocation by year, assignee countries and assignee organizations.

AUTHOR CREDENTIALS

Shalini Ramamurthy has extensive experience analyzing and evaluating advanced information technology, including telecommunications and optical networks. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Kumaraguru College of Technology in Coimbatore, India, as well as a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications and Software Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Global Markets, Technologies and Devices for Energy Harvesting -- Focus on the EMEA Region

Chapter - 1: INTRODUCTION - Complimentary

  • STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
  • REASONS FOR DOING THE STUDY
  • SCOPE OF THE REPORT
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE
  • METHODOLOGY
  • INFORMATION SOURCES
  • AUTHOR CREDENTIALS
  • RELATED BCC PUBLICATIONS
  • BCC ONLINE SERVICES
  • DISCLAIMER

Chapter - 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  • Table Summary: GLOBAL MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
  • Figure Summary: GLOBAL MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, 2010-2017

Chapter - 3: FUNDAMENTALS OF ENERGY HARVESTING

  • WHAT IS ENERGY?
  • OVERVIEW OF THE MARKET

Chapter - 4: GLOBAL ENERGY HARVESTING MARKET: BREAKDOWN BY ENERGY SOURCE AND END-USE MARKET

  • ENERGY SOURCES
  • END-USE MARKETS

Chapter - 5: EMEA MARKET

  • NOTABLE PLAYERS
  • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
  • MAJOR REGIONAL MARKETS IN THE EMEA
  • PROSPECTS FOR INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS IN THE EMEA
  • PATENT ANALYSIS
    • Table 47: EMEA ENERGY HARVESTER SALES REVENUES BY MAJOR REGIONAL MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 48: EMEA ENERGY HARVESTER SHIPMENT VOLUMES BY MAJOR REGIONAL MARKET, THROUGH 2017

Chapter - 6: MAJOR PARTICIPANTS IN THE ENERGY HARVESTING INDUSTRY

  • STAKEHOLDER CATEGORIES
  • PROFILES OF INFLUENTIAL PLAYERS

Chapter - 7: U.S. PATENT ANALYSIS

  • INTRODUCTION
  • TRENDS BY CATEGORY
  • TRENDS BY YEAR
  • TRENDS BY COUNTRY
  • TRENDS BY ASSIGNEE

List of Tables

  • Summary Table: GLOBAL MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 1: GLOBAL ENERGY HARVESTER SALES VOLUMES BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 2: GLOBAL ENERGY HARVESTER SALES REVENUES BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 3: GLOBAL ENERGY HARVESTER SALES VOLUMES BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 4: GLOBAL ENERGY HARVESTER SALES REVENUES BY END-USE MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 5: GLOBAL SOLAR AND PV ENERGY HARVESTER SALES REVENUES BY END-USE MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 6: GLOBAL SOLAR AND PV ENERGY HARVESTER SALES VOLUMES BY END-USE MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 7: GLOBAL THERMAL ENERGY HARVESTER SALES REVENUES BY END-USE MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 8: GLOBAL THERMAL ENERGY HARVESTER SALES VOLUMES BY END-USE MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 9: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FOR VIBRATION, DISPLACEMENT AND MECHANICAL* SOURCE BASED ENERGY HARVESTERS BY END-USE MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 10: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF VIBRATION, DISPLACEMENT AND MECHANICAL* SOURCE BASED ENERGY HARVESTERS BY END-USE MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 11: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM RADIATION AND ELECTROMAGNETIC SOURCE BASED ENERGY HARVESTERS BY END-USE MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 12: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF RADIATION AND ELECTROMAGNETIC ENERGY SOURCE BASED ENERGY HARVESTERS BY END-USE MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 13: GLOBAL CHEMICAL ENERGY HARVESTER SALES REVENUES BY END-USE MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 14: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF CHEMICAL ENERGY HARVESTERS BY END-USE MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 15: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN TELECOMMUNICATION APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 16: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN TELECOMMUNICATION APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 17: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 18: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN TELECOMMUNICATION APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 19: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND HOME AUTOMATION APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 20: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND HOME AUTOMATION APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 21: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND HOME AUTOMATION APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 22: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND HOME AUTOMATION APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 23: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN ENERGY EXPLORATION, GENERATION AND DISTRIBUTION APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 24: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN ENERGY EXPLORATION, GENERATION AND DISTRIBUTION APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 25: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN ENERGY EXPLORATION, GENERATION AND DISTRIBUTION APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 26: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN ENERGY EXPLORATION, GENERATION AND DISTRIBUTION APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 27: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND AGRICULTURAL APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 28: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND AGRICULTURAL APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 29: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND AGRICULTURAL APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 30: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND AGRICULTURAL APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 31: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN INDUSTRIAL AND AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 32: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN INDUSTRIAL AND AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 33: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN INDUSTRIAL AND AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 34: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN INDUSTRIAL AND AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 35: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN DEFENSE APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 36: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN DEFENSE APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 37: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN DEFENSE APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 38: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN DEFENSE APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 39: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN RETAIL AND LOGISTICS APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 40: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN RETAIL AND LOGISTICS APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 41: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN RETAIL AND LOGISTICS APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 42: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN RETAIL AND LOGISTICS APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 43: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN MEDICAL APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 44: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN MEDICAL APPLICATIONS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 45: GLOBAL SALES REVENUES FROM ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN MEDICAL APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 46: GLOBAL SALES VOLUMES OF ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN MEDICAL APPLICATIONS BY ENERGY SOURCE, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 47: EMEA ENERGY HARVESTER SALES REVENUES BY MAJOR REGIONAL MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 48: EMEA ENERGY HARVESTER SHIPMENT VOLUMES BY MAJOR REGIONAL MARKET, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 49: GERMANY'S MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 50: FRANCE'S MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTER, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 51: U.K. MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 52: ITALY'S MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 53: RUSSIAN FEDERATION MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 54: SPAIN'S MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 55: ISRAEL'S ENERGY HARVESTER SALES REVENUES AND VOLUMES, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 56: SOUTH AFRICA'S MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 57: THE NETHERLANDS' MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 58: TURKEY'S MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 59: EMEA MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 60: EMEA MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN BUILDING, CONSTRUCTION AND HOME AUTOMATION APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 61: EMEA MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN ENERGY APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 62: EMEA MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND AGRICULTURAL APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 63: EMEA MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN INDUSTRIAL AND AUTOMOTIVE APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 64: EMEA MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN DEFENSE APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 65: EMEA MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN RETAIL AND LOGISTICS APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 66: EMEA MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS USED IN MEDICAL APPLICATIONS, THROUGH 2017
    • Table 67: U.S. PATENTS ON ENERGY HARVESTING TECHNOLOGIES ISSUED TO ASSIGNEES FROM THE EMEA REGION, 1976 TO JULY 2012
    • Table 68: CLASSIFICATION OF U.S. PATENTS ON ENERGY HARVESTING TECHNOLOGIES BY CATEGORY, 1976 TO JULY 2012
    • Table 69: U.S. PATENT TRENDS IN ENERGY HARVESTING, 1976 TO JULY 2012
    • Table 70: SHARES OF U.S. PATENTS RELATED TO ENERGY HARVESTING BY COUNTRY, 1976 TO JULY 2012
    • Table 71: ASSIGNEES WITH THREE OR MORE U.S. PATENTS ON ENERGY HARVESTING TECHNOLOGIES, 1976 TO JULY 2012

List of Figures

  • Summary Figure: GLOBAL MARKET FOR ENERGY HARVESTERS BY GEOGRAPHICAL REGION, 2010-2017
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