Lithium Batteries: Markets and Materials By BCC Research
Lithium Batteries: Markets and Materials
Lithium Batteries: Markets and Materials
This report provides:
An overview of the market for lithium batteries and materials.
Analyses of market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013, and projection of compound
annual growth rate (CAGR) for the period 2013 to 2018.
Details about the six commercial and developmental lithium battery types, nearly 30
commercialized electrode couples, and more than 1,000 specific designs.
Coverage of the global primary and secondary markets that provides the basis for a detailed
analysis of lithium battery materials technology.
Identification of the following sectors: Portable products, medical products, implantable, not
implantable, stationary applications, military/aerospace, and automotive and motive power; and in
materials, electrode materials and active elements, lithium battery electrolytes, and battery
STUDY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
Originally, the term “battery” referred to a number of individual electrochemical cells; therefore, a single cell, like the
familiar cylindrical flashlight power source, was not considered a battery at all. Now a battery refers to any
electrochemical storage mechanism.
A battery has five components: two active elements (a cathode and an anode), a separator, an electrolyte medium for
carrying ions between the reactants through the separator, and a container. One reactant or electrode has a net negative
charge and is called the anode. In lithium batteries, the anode material is lithium, or in a few cases, a lithium-aluminum
alloy. In some cases, the anode is metallic lithium; in other instances, including lithium-ion cells, the anode consists of an
ionic lithium compound. The other reactant electrode, with a positive charge, is called the cathode. The cathode usually is
a metallic compound. The electrolyte is usually similar to the cathode to promote ion transfer. Finally, the battery is
contained in a case that provides dimensional stability and a positive and negative electrode or battery cap for
discharging (or recharging) the cell. A number of separate electrochemical cells are combined within the same case to
create a battery.
Until about 25 years ago, the battery market was seen as mature, with demand closely related to sales of either
automobiles or various consumer products. Since then, improved lithium batteries have helped spark a dramatic change
in this relationship. Just as lithium batteries replaced nickel-based and primary batteries for many applications, traditional
lithium-ion battery designs are beginning to be replaced by advanced lithium-ion chemistries like lithium phosphate,
lithium-iron phosphate, lithium-sulfur, and lithium-polymer systems.
Lithium batteries were developed in the 1960s and were first commercialized in the early 1970s, but did not receive wide
consumer use until 1981. There are now six commercial and developmental lithium battery types, nearly 30
commercialized electrode couples, and more than 1,000 specific designs. The latest generation of lithium batteries
includes very large cells suitable for powering vehicles or storing significant amounts of utility power as well as very small
thin-film cells capable of powering micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS).
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