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Supercapacitors: Technology Developments and Global Markets

  • February 2015
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  • BCC Research
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  • 126 pages

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REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

The global market for supercapacitors increased from $643.4 million in 2012 to $776.8 million in 2013. With a market value of $873.2 million in 2014, this market is expected to reach $2.1 billion by 2019, corresponding to a healthy compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.4% during 2014 to 2019 period.

This report provides:

An overview of the global markets for supercapacitor technologies and developments, including a description of their types and fabrication technologies.
Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2012, 2013, 2014, and projections of CAGRs through 2019.
Estimate for supercapacitors by type, application, and region, with growth forecasts for each market segment.
An updated review of current producers of supercapacitors.
Comprehensive profiles of major players in the supercapacitor industry.

STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Supercapacitors are devices utilized to store and release energy and they are gaining increasing market penetration in several industrial sectors, such as electronics, transportation and energy.
The main goal of this study is to provide a current and detailed assessment of the supercapacitor market, including an objective analysis of industry and technological trends and prospects for future growth. In addition, a review of the most important advances in supercapacitor technology is offered, with a focus on those technologies that will contribute to market growth during the next five years. Specifically, the major objectives of this study are to:
l Provide an updated review of supercapacitors, including a description of the various types and fabrication methods.
l Highlight new technological developments in supercapacitor manufacturing during the past three years, while outlining current technical issues.
l Review existing fields of application for supercapacitors and examine emerging applications.
l Estimate current global markets for supercapacitors by type, application and region, with growth forecasts through 2019 for each market segment.
l Identify important technology and industry trends within each market segment.
l Offer an updated review of current industry players, including manufacturers of supercapacitors, suppliers of materials used for fabrication of supercapacitors, technology developers and future market participants.
l Provide a description of the most relevant research and development activities.
l 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.
Although the origins of supercapacitors can be traced back to the year 1745, when the first electrostatic capacitor was created, the first commercial product was introduced much more recently, in 1978. Since then, various EDLC configurations have entered the market to satisfy the varying needs of an increasing number of industries. The global market for supercapacitors has been growing at a very fast pace during the last decade and is projected to be valued at approximately $900 million by the end of 2014 and to continue to expand at double-digit growth rates through 2019.

The increased market penetration of these products can be attributed to various factors, including: rising demand for portable, handheld and wearable electronics; growing use of supercapacitors in the automotive and renewable energy sectors; improved properties due to the utilization of new materials; and more competitive
pricing.
The principal objective of this report is to present a current assessment of the EDLC 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 this market from a global standpoint. As the use of these devices expands and new fields of application emerge, information on suppliers and developers of supercapacitors and their regional distribution becomes more valuable.
An equally important reason for undertaking this report is to provide technical insights into the manufacturing of supercapacitors by:
l Supplying a review of EDLC types, their applications and production methods.
l Identifying current technical trends.
l Providing an overview of the main global R&D activities related to supercapacitors that are resulting in the issuance of patents.
l Illustrating the latest technological developments.

This information can assist companies in identifying opportunities for process and productivity improvements and new product development, resulting in a positive impact on future market growth.

SCOPE OF REPORT

This report provides an updated review of supercapacitor technology, including materials and production processes, and identifies current and emerging applications for this technology.
BCC Research delineates the current market status for supercapacitors, defines trends and presents growth forecasts for the next five years. The EDLC market is analyzed based on the following segments: device type, application and region. In addition, technological issues, including key events and the latest process developments, are also discussed.

More specifically, the market analysis conducted by BCC Research for this report is divided into five sections.
In the first section, an introduction to the topic and a historical review of supercapacitors are provided, including an outline of recent events. In this section, current and emerging applications for these products are also identified and described by sector (i.e., electronics, energy, transportation, medical, and sensors and instrumentation).
The second section provides a technological review of supercapacitors along with a description of the types of materials used for their manufacturing and a current review of EDLC configurations and their fabrication methods. This section concludes with an analysis of the most important technological developments since 2011, including examples of significant patents recently issued or applied for, as well as highlighting the most active research organizations operating in this field.
The third section offers a global market analysis of EDLCs. Global revenues (sales data in millions of dollars) are presented for each segment (device type, application and region) with actual data for the years 2012 and 2013 and estimated revenues for 2014.

The analysis of current EDLC revenues is followed by a detailed presentation of market growth trends based on industry growth, technological trends and regional trends. The third section concludes with projected revenues for supercapacitors within each segment together with forecast compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) for 2014 through 2019.
In the fourth section of the study, which covers global industry structure, the report offers a list of the leading manufacturers of supercapacitors together with a description of their products. The analysis includes a description of the geographical distribution of these suppliers and an evaluation of other key industry players. Detailed company profiles of the top players are also provided.

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. The patents examined in this study were issued from 2012 through 2014. Patent analysis is performed by region, country, assignee, patent category, application and EDLC type.

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