Powering the Flexible World


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Various batteries - Image sources: ProLogium, STMicroelectronics, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Showa Denko Packaging, Samsung SDI, Theresa Chong/MEDILL, Enfucell, Imprint Energy, Arizona State University, Stanford University, Excellatron, ×Jenaxis exhibiting at theIDTechEx Show!Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA14 - 15 Nov 2018Jenax, LG Chem, ilika, Blue Spark, BrightVolt, Qinetiq, Panasonic, Flexel

IDTechEx has been observing this industry since 2014 and we can see how complex this industry is and how different it is compared with traditional battery industry. Geographically, more start-ups show off their technologies in Europe and North America. Big players in east Asia are speeding up the manufacturing.

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Patenting activities by year from the top players. Source: IDTechEx

Targeting the right applications The key for thin, flexible and printed batteries to succeed is to target the correct application, based on the capabilities and limitations of the battery. For instance, micro-batteries with a few mAh capacity are not sufficient to power a smart phone. A flexible battery based on traditional lithium-ion chemistry may turn out to be difficult to be miniaturized into a tiny device.

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Various targeting applications of thin, flexible and printed batteries. Source: IDTechEx

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