This coming November 14-15 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, leading players in the battery and energy storage industry will compete to capture the audience's attention over what technology is set to dominate in the coming decade. Find out more at Energy Storage Innovations USA 2018, www.EnergyStorageUSA.tech
An impressive line-up has been put together to educate the audience on the topic of supercapacitors, with speakers from ZapGo, market leader Nippon Chemicon, Kilowatt Labs, and Nanoramic Laboratories.
After a couple of years of stagnation, the supercapacitor industry is showing renewed signs of market penetration, mostly in the automotive sector with the adoption of start-stop supercapacitor technology in the US by General Motors and Mercedes. Supercapacitors are also becoming the dominant technology in large wind turbine pitch control applications, and the global uptake of wind renewable energy will favour the growth of supercapacitor technology. As a matter of fact, the grid market which includes wind turbines, grid energy storage and rail wayside offers opportunities for growth for all players. At the same time, many new applications are opening up with the lower-end electrical engineering applications at 1-400 Farad being a new focus.
Chinese supercapacitor manufacturers are emerging and potentially displacing western companies domestically in the following years. The supercapacitor market in China for non-Chinese companies is now highly uncertain and they look to diversify out of the Chinese electric bus market and into emerging segments such as grid. China has recently reversed its policy on traditional hybrid vehicles, declaring that in 2030, 30% of cars made would be hybrids that do not plug in. The railway regeneration business in China generated the world's largest supercapacitor order in 2015 and it is expanding geographically there.
Lithium titanate batteries are the main competitor of supercapacitor technologies, first in automotive and recently in energy harvesting for IoT applications. Hybrid Li-ion capacitors also have the possibility to capture market value in areas where high power is still paramount, but some extra capacity is desired too.
To reflect these new developments and put them in context with other energy storage technologies, consulting company IDTechEx has put together a remarkable line-up of speakers from various parts of the energy storage value chain to highlight all the new developments in terms of battery manufacturing, advanced active and inactive materials, novel battery chemistries, and tech solutions promoted by both early-stage start-ups and established corporations from around the globe.
On November 14, the Energy Storage Innovations conference will kick off with keynote presentations from San Francisco-based EV company SF Motors, which will give an overview of the innovations carried out by their engineering team in terms of automotive battery packs; Japanese corporation NGK Insulators will then shift the conference focus to small-scale IoT devices and the company's solutions enabled by solid-state batteries; finally, a spokesperson from the California Clean Energy Fund will present on the financial and technical support that the Golden State gives to its enterprises when it comes to battery innovation.