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REPORT # Nano-503 PUBLISHED January 16, 2012
New Electrode Materials for Lithium Ion Batteries – 2012
  • Advanced Materials
  • Emerging Electronics

    Lithium ion batteries have increasingly become the workhorse power source for the consumer electronics and power tool market and they are finding new applications all the time.  For example, some firms are developing lithium ion batteries for the electric vehicle (EV) market, while others seem them as a better bet than the more traditional chemical storage batteries currently used in smart electricity grids.

    Within the consumer electronics and power tool sector, the market is looking for longer times between charges and quicker charging from lithium ion batteries and these performance measures will be key competitive factors going forward among the various kinds of lithium ion batteries being deployed.  Elsewhere other measures – such as the cost of energy storage – will determine how well lithium ion batteries will do in sectors such as EV and smart grids.

    Most of these critical factors will ultimately be determined by the materials that are chose for lithium ion batteries; especially the electrode materials used.  This report examines the commercial implications of the newer materials that are being put forward for electrode materials.  As the table of contents below indicates, the materials that we have covered in this report include nanostructured carbon and silicon, titanates, vanadium oxides, mixed metal oxides and a variety of lithium compounds.

    This report explains the emerging requirements for battery performance in each of the main application sectors for lithium ion batteries and then shows how these translate into demand for novel electrode materials.  It also analyzes the market strategies of major materials and battery firms active in this space.  The report also provides the eight-year forecasts by application and material type.

    Executive Summary
    E.1 Summary of Opportunities from New Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries
    E.1.1 Lithium Cobalt Oxide (LCO)
    E.1.2 Lithium Manganese Oxide (LMO)
    E.1.3 Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP)
    E.1.4 Nickel Cobalt Alumina (NCA) and Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC)
    E.1.5 Graphite and Its Replacements
    E.2 Materials Suppliers to Watch in this Space
    E.3 Roadmap for Lithium-Ion Battery Materials and Eight-Year Market Forecast
    E.3.1 Features Required for Competitive Benefit
    E.4 Concluding Remarks on Market Strategies
    Chapter One: Introduction
    1.1 Background to Report
    1.1.1 The Importance of Electrodes for Lithium Battery Performance Improvement
    1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report
    1.3 Methodology of this Report
    1.4 Plan of this Report
    Chapter Two: Market Requirements and Opportunities for Novel  Lithium-Ion Battery Electrode Materials
    2.1 Consumer Electronics, Computing and Communications Applications Trends for Lithium-Ion Batteries
    2.1.1 Impact of Market Trends on Electrode Material Requirements
    2.2 Power Tools
    2.2.1 Impact of Market Trends on Electrode Material Requirements
    2.3 Electric Vehicles and Other Automotive Applications
    2.3.1 Impact of Market Trends on Electrode Material Requirements
    2.4 Smart Grids
    2.4.1 Impact of Market Trends on Electrode Material Requirements
    2.5 Military and Aerospace Applications
    2.5.1 Impact of Market Trends on Electrode Material Requirements
    2.6 Other Lithium-Ion Battery Applications and their Impact on Electrode Material Requirements
    2.6.1 Medical Markets
    2.6.2 Data Communications Markets
    2.6.3 Other Applications
    2.7 Key Points from this Chapter
    Chapter Three: New Materials for the Lithium-Ion Battery Industry
    3.1 Why the Lithium-Ion Battery Industry Needs Better Materials
    3.1.1 EV and Smart Grid Market Requirements:  Nascent Markets
    3.1.2 Impact on the Battery and Battery Materials Market
    3.2 Anode Materials
    3.2.1 The Future of Graphite
    3.2.2 Nanostructured Carbon and its Variants
    3.2.3 Nanostructured Silicon and Its Variants
    3.2.4 Titanates
    3.2.5 Vanadium Oxides
    3.2.6 Opportunity Analysis
    3.2.7 Survey and Assessment of Firms Supplying Novel Anode Materials
    3.3 Cathode Materials
    3.3.1 Lithium Manganese Spinel
    3.3.2 Advanced Lithium Iron Phosphates
    3.3.3 Mixed Metal Oxides
    3.3.4 Nickel Cobalt Alumina
    3.3.5 Opportunity Analysis
    3.3.6 Survey and Assessment of Firms Supplying Novel Cathode Materials
    3.4 Key Points from this Chapter
    Chapter Four: Eight-Year Forecasts
    4.1 Forecasting Methodology
    4.1.1 Impact of Industry/Application Maturity
    4.1.2 Important Industry Sectors
    4.1.3 Alternative Scenarios
    4.2 Forecast by Application
    4.2.1 Consumer Electronics
    4.2.2 Power Tools
    4.2.3 Electric Vehicles
    4.2.4 Smart Grids and Stationary Applications
    4.2.5 Military and Aerospace Applications
    4.3 Forecast by Material
    Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report
    About the Author
    List of Exhibits

    Exhibit E-1: Firms to Watch in the Lithium Battery Industry 
    Exhibit E-2: Total Electrode Materials for the Lithium-ion Industry 
    Exhibit E-3: Total Value of Electrode Materials for Lithium-ion Industry by Application ($ Millions) 
    Exhibit E-4: Total Electrode Material for Lithium-ion Industry by Application (Metric Tonnes) 
    Exhibit 3-1: Firms Producing Anode Materials 
    Exhibit 3-2: Survey of Firms Supplying Novel Cathode Materials 
    Exhibit 4-1: Electrode Materials for the Consumer Electronics Segment 
    Exhibit 4-2: Electrode Materials for the Power Tools Segment 
    Exhibit 4-3: Electrode Materials for the Electric Vehicles Segment 
    Exhibit 4-4: Electrode Materials for the Smart Grids and Stationary Applications Segment 
    Exhibit 4-5: Electrode Materials for the Military and Aerospace Segment 
    Exhibit 4-6: Electrode Materials for the Lithium-ion Industry 


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