Beyond Lithium-Ion: A Roadmap for Next-Generation Batteries

March 8, 2013 | State of the Market Report

The lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery market is now worth more than $10 billion. Stakeholders range from materials manufacturers to car makers, and they are all deeply vested in this technology. However, around the periphery, there are claims of revolutionary next-generation technologies: Exotic architectures such as lithium-air, lithium-sulfur, solid-state, and zinc-air batteries are being hyped as packing up to 10 times the energy density of Li-ion, or more. In this report we dispel exaggerations, identify obstacles, and use our proprietary model to build a next-generation energy storage roadmap. We find that adoption will be application-dependent, and staggered: Military uses will provide the entry point for next-generation batteries around 2020, and consumer electronics will see strong solid-state battery usage by 2030, but advancing Li-ion will prove very tough to displace in transportation.

Coverage Areas

  • Digital Transformation
  • Energy Storage
  • Owning the Energy Transition
  • Sensors

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Landscape
    Lithium-ion technology has established itself as the high-performance battery of choice, yet around the periphery, next-generation designs make bold but speculative claims.
  • Analysis
    Our model seeks to uncover how next-generation batteries will develop, and outline a roadmap for energy storage.
  • Outlook
  • Endnotes

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