NanoMarkets has provided coverage on the thin-film and printed batteries market for six years and has a deep understanding of what makes this market tick. During the period we have covered these power sources, some of the firms in this space have made slow but steady progress both technically and in terms of business development; a few of them are generating significant revenue. Other thin-film and printed battery firms have quit the market.
What have changed are the markets that are being addressed by these batteries. When the thin-film and printed battery business first appeared, the thought was that the main opportunity for them was RFID. But RFIDs have not taken off in the way that many people hoped. By contrast, these "thin" batteries have proved highly suited for powered smartcards, but for now this just a niche.
Now it seems that a new opportunity might be appearing in the form of the so-called "Internet-of-things," which promises ubiquitous sensors and other low-cost electronics. Such devices need to be powered and "thin" batteries may be just the power source that the Internet-of-Things needs. Has the thin-film and printed battery business suddenly found itself in the right place at the right time?
In this year's report, NanoMarkets analyzes these emerging opportunities. We also discuss the latest materials and design strategies being pursued by the thin-film and printed battery makers and assess how successful they are likely to be in the marketplace. As with all NanoMarkets reports, this report includes an eight-year forecast in volumes and value terms. We also discuss the funding of firms in this space and how that will shape the thin-film battery market.
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