Energy Harvesting & Micro Batteries: Market Forces and Demand Characteristics, Third Edition

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					 Energy Harvesting & Micro Batteries: Market Forces and Demand
                  Characteristics, Third Edition
Topics covered include:

• Commercialization Status
• Application Trends
• Power Levels
• Energy Storage Trends
• Energy Harvesting Technologies
• Packaging and Materials
• Value Proposition and Cost Analysis
• Standards Update
• nanoPower Forum: A Review of Key Developments

Energy harvesting has been “emerging” for several years, but the technology is now poised to break out
commercially, driven by developments in areas that are, themselves, emerging applications. The market
got its initial acceptance in wireless building automation and control, with deployments in Europe. These
opportunities spread to North America, where home automation and control technologies were added
to the mix. Wireless sensor mesh networks provided challenges that energy harvesting could meet,
particularly where battery use was limited or problematic. Energy efficiency, the Smart Grid, radio
frequency ID, and thin-film batteries all helped to advance energy harvesting solutions.

It has identified the following drivers for ultra-low-power:
• Bi-directionality, including data rates and range.
• Network security, primarily data integrity.
• Real time monitoring.
• Environmental regulations.
• Remote communication with “host” system.
• Proliferation of sensor mesh networks.

Evidence exists that the “crossover” from the “Introduction” phase to the “Growth” phase will take
place in the 2009/10 timeframe. The appearance of third-generation products often signals the
crossover into the Growth phase. Based on the timeline and company activity of EnOcean Alliance
members and over 200 other organizations and companies, energy harvesting is poised for commercial
adoption, with market share increasing. The time it will spend in the Growth phase is hard to predict at
this point, but this phase is marked by rapid acceleration in sales and significant gains in market share,
overall. It will present a good opportunity for makers of energy harvesting solutions.



Executive Summary
Energy harvesting has been “emerging” for several years, but the technology is now poised to break out
commercially, driven by developments in areas that are, themselves, emerging applications. The market
got its initial acceptance in wireless building automation and control, with deployments in Europe. These
opportunities spread to North America, where home automation and control technologies were added
to the mix. Wireless sensor mesh networks provided challenges that energy harvesting could meet,
particularly where battery use was limited or problematic. Energy efficiency, the Smart Grid, radio
frequency ID, and thin-film batteries all helped to advance energy harvesting solutions.

The question now is whether energy harvesting will remain a niche application or enable emerging
applications such as wireless medical devices, environmental monitoring, and tire pressure sensing.
Demand can be measured by the kind and amount of products that are introduced for emerging
applications. This was true for digital power management and control, which started with IC makers and
moved into ac-dc and dc-dc converters. Pricing is always a critical crossover point, as well. Digital pricing
had to reach parity with analog pricing.

The energy harvesting market for more years than other analyst firms. In 2005, we recognized the
potential of this technology to both capitalize on, and transform, the small but growing wireless sensor
market. After working with a number of North American and European companies, this current report is
the third edition of our Energy Harvesting report series. It also identified key industry issues and players,
and brought them together with the international nanoPower Forum (nPF). Now heading into its fourth
year, nPF will be held in May, 2010. This experience provides unique and useful insight into a market
that is ready to break out of its emerging status.

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Description: Energy harvesting has been “emerging” for several years, but the technology is now poised to break out commercially, driven by developments in areas that are, themselves, emerging applications. The market got its initial acceptance in wireless building automation and control, with deployments in Europe. These opportunities spread to North America, where home automation and control technologies were added to the mix. Wireless sensor mesh networks provided challenges that energy harvesting could meet, particularly where battery use was limited or problematic. Energy efficiency, the Smart Grid, radio frequency ID, and thin-film batteries all helped to advance energy harvesting solutions.