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Nanostructured or nano-enabled batteries are a new generation of lithium-ion batteries and battery systems developed to serve applications and markets outside the historical domain of lithium-ion. Nanotechnology innovations are driving advances in battery technology where nanomaterials are finding use as new battery materials. Enormous leverage can result from advances in cathodes, anodes and electrolytes used in the batteries. Lithium-ion cells represent the basic building blocks of batteries proposed for the next generation of advanced hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), electric vehicles (EVs) and specialty vehicles.
The next generation of lithium-ion batteries has improved safety characteristics, in part, through the use of alternative nano-sized materials, particularly nano-phosphate materials. Traditional lithium-ion technology uses active materials with particles that range in size between 5 and 20 microns. The use of phosphates in lieu of oxides for the nanomaterials is one reason for these increased power rates and temperature ranges. Both phosphates and oxides are naturally occurring substances that are used in battery cathodes.
Among the three types of nano-enabled batteries, customized batteries for power tools had the highest market share of 59.2% in 2008, followed by large-format modules with 37.8%, and a small 3% share for fast-charging customized nano-safe batteries for laptops. By 2013, large-format modules for HEVs, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), EVs and specialty vehicles will have 84.7% of the global market, with an AAGR of 71.8% from 2008 to 2013.
The report provides separate comprehensive analyses for the U.S., Japan, Western Europe, China, Korea, and the rest of the world. Forecasts are provided for each region for the period 2008 through 2013. Cost analysis of nanostructured batteries, analysis of global patents activity, and market competition and dynamics in the new technology are also analyzed.
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