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Power Sources for the Internet-of-Things: Markets and Strategies

NanoMarkets believes that the deployments of sensors and processors for the Internet-of-Things (IoT) are creating huge new opportunities for manufacturers of power source devices.  Because of IoT, power devices such as thin-film and printed batteries, energy harvesting modules, small flexible photovoltaics panels and thermoelectric sources, which have enjoyed marginal revenues up to now, may begin generating hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues.
 
However, suppliers of IoT power sources, as well as the semiconductor industry more generally face significant uncertainties in the IoT space.  Not only is future of the IoT itself unclear, but also how the IoT “power infrastructure” will shape up technologically is a great unknown.
 
The objective of this report is to identify where the money will be made and lost in the emergent IoT power source business.  It begins with an assessment of the power requirements of the various devices that NanoMarkets believes will form the “things” in the IoT.  These include sensor networks, MCUs/MPUs and tagging devices, for example.  The report continues by considering how established technologies such as batteries will adapt to new IoT opportunities and whether emerging technologies such as energy harvesting and thermoelectric power sources will find their first big markets as the result of IoT.
 
The report explores the opportunities for all industry sectors that will be impacted by the development of new power sources for the IoT.  In particular we examine how leading battery companies, chipmakers, OEMs and others are preparing for the business opportunities in the IoT power source space.  The report also discusses the strategies of eight firms that NanoMarkets believes will shape the market for power sources for the IoT over the next decade.
 
We believe that this report will be essential reading for business development and marketing executives in the battery, energy harvesting, RFID, sensors, photovoltaics and semiconductor industries, as well as the investment community.  In addition to providing a thorough analysis of the IoT power source markets, this report also provides detailed eight-year forecasts of power sources for the IoT in both volume and value terms and with break outs by power source types.

Executive Summary

  • Objectives and Scope of this Report
  • Methodology and Information Sources
  • Plan of this Report
  • What the IoT Needs:  Summary of Power Source Requirements for the IoT
  • Hardware/ Software Strategies for Lowering Power Consumption in the IoT
  • Power Sources for the IoT:  A Summary of Opportunities
  • MPUs and MCUs
  • Battery Makers
  • Novel Energy Harvesting Devices
  • Novel Energy Harvesting Devices
  • Opportunities for Start-Ups
  • Eight Companies to Watch in the IoT Power Source Market
  • Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of IoT Power Sources

Chapter One: Introduction

  • Internet of Things: Classification of Applications
  • Internet-of-Things: The Very Need
  • New Methods to Power Internet-of-Things Applications
  • Key Global Market for the IoT Power Source Industry
  • Key Drivers of IoT Power Source industry
  • Favorable Factors for the Industry
  • Key Issues Faced by the Industry
  • Trends in IoT Power Source industry
  • Potential Applications
  • Commercial Application Trends

Chapter Two: Power Requirements for the Internet-of-Things

  • Power Requirements for Sensors in the IoT
  • Variations by Type of Sensor
  • Wireless Sensor Networking Standards:  Implications for Power Sources
  • Power Sources Used in WSNs:  Current and Future
  • Role of MCUs/MPUs in the IoT
  • Power Requirements for MCUs/MPUs in the IoT
  • Power Sources for MCUs/MPUs in the IoT
  • RFIDs and Other Tagging Devices in the IoT
  • RFIDs and Ambient Energy in the IoT
  • Key Points Made in this Chapter
  • Available

Chapter Three: IOT Power Sources: Markets and Eight-Year Forecasts

  • Inductive Power Sources for IOT
  • Current and Future Use of Inductive Power Sources in the IoT
  • Market Opportunities for Inductive Power Sources for IoT
  • Key Suppliers of Inductive Power Sources for IoT
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Inductive Readers and Power Sources for the IoT
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Inductive Readers and Power Sources for the IoT
  • Batteries for IoT
  • Thin-Film Batteries in the IoT
  • Printed batteries in the IoT
  • Do Conventional Batteries Have a Role in the IoT?
  • Market Opportunities for Batteries in the IoT
  • Key Suppliers of Batteries for the IoT
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Batteries for the IoT
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Overview of Energy Harvesting Power Sources
  • Energy Harvesting
  • Solar Sources:  Available Materials Sets
  • Motion Based Energy Harvesting
  • Motion- and Vibration-Based Energy Harvesting
  • Market Opportunities for Energy Harvesting in IoT
  • Key Suppliers of Energy Harvesting Devices for I0T
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Energy Harvesting Devices for the IoT
  • Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of IoT Power Sources
  • Key Points Made in this Chapter

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LIST OF FORECAST EXHIBITS

  • Summary of Eight-Year Forecasts of IoT Power Sources
  • Inductive Power Source Market by Application
  • Thin-Film and Printed Batteries Market by Application
  • Energy Harvester Market by Application
  • Summary of Market Value of Power Sources for the IoT by Type
  • Power Requirements for Sensors in the IoT
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Inductive Readers and Power Sources for the IoT
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Batteries for the IoT
  • Eight-Year Forecast of Energy Harvesting Devices for the IoT

NanoMarkets Issues New Report on Power Sources in the “Internet of Things”

Glen Allen, VA: The market for power sources used in the "Internet of Things" will grow from $57 million this year to $590 million in 2018 and more than $2.4 billion by 2021, according to a new report from industry analyst firm NanoMarkets. Details of the new report, "Power Sources for the Internet-of-Things: Markets and Strategies" including a downloadable excerpt, are available at: http://ntechresearch.com/market_reports/power-sources-for-the-internet-of-things-markets-and-strategies

About the Report:

The Internet-of-Things (IoT), a proliferation of multitudes of interconnected sensors and processors, is arguably the most disruptive shift in technology since the origination of the Internet itself. This is creating huge new opportunities for manufacturers of power source devices to make it all run, but these power sources will need to meet several key requirements in the IoT: be small/thin, self-recharging, and never needing to be replaced. Conventional batteries can't meet these requirements in most cases -- but other power sources can, including nonconventional batteries, magnetic induction, wireless charging, and energy harvesting.

This report examines the power requirements of the various devices that will form the "things" in the IoT, from sensor networks to MCUs/MPUs to tagging devices, and explores how established battery technologies can adapt to these new IoT opportunities and where emerging technologies can find their first big markets. We include detailed eight-year forecasts for the market under different segments (in terms of power sources), with separate revenue and volume estimations.

The report also analyzes the strategies of the firms involved in supplying power sources used in the IoT over the next decade. Companies discussed in this report include: Advanced Cerametrics, Advanced Linear Devices, Apple, Atmel, Blue Spark, Cedrat Technologies, Cymbet, Duracell, Energizer, Enfucell, EnOcean, Freescale Semiconductor, Green Peak, Hanergy/Alta Devices, Hitachi High-Tech Materials, Imprint Energy, Intel, Kunshan Hisense, LG, Linear Technology, LORD MicroStrain Sensing Systems, Maxim Integrated, Microchip Technology, MicroGen Systems, Micropelt, Mitsubishi Materials, Mobee Technology, Nokia, Oakridge Energy Technologies, Panasonic, Paper Battery, Perpetua, PsiKick, Powermat, Renesas, Schneider Electric, Sensara, Silicon Labs, Solicore, Spansion, STMicroelectronics, SunPartner, Texas Instruments, Toes Opto-Mechatronics, Toshiba Materials, and Ubiquitous Energy.

Highlights from the Report:

Power devices such as thin-film and printed batteries, energy harvesting modules, small flexible photovoltaic panels, and thermoelectric sources have enjoyed niche success and marginal revenues up to now -- but with the IoT, NanoMarkets sees these products potentially generating hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues.

Thin-film and printed batteries make up the vast majority of today's total $57.1 million market for IoT power sources. Most of that is for mobile phones, considered the "eyes and ears" of applications connecting all the other IoT devices and networks, and mobile phones will continue to represent the main IoT application for these batteries. However, we anticipate several other applications -- notably smart cards, semiconductor/computing, and wearable electronics -- each will blossom into hundred-million-dollar battery markets by the end of this decade.

Beyond batteries, NanoMarkets sees the biggest growth opportunities over the next several years in IoT power sources addressed by inductive and energy harvesting technologies. Inductive power sources, almost exclusively used in wireless chargers, are barely a $5 million market today, but we look for this segment to crack the $100 million mark by 2018 and accelerate to $760 million by 2021. This is largely due to adoption in RFID tags, a segment that will surge to a $100 million market by 2019 and $583 million by 2021.

We see energy harvesting power sources remaining a small ($7 million) market through 2015, but then spiking to $41.5 million in 2016 thanks to rapid uptake for sensors/sensor networks. From there we see energy harvesting devices really establishing their IoT stride, to $161 million by 2018 and ultimately $557 million by 2021. Within that period we also anticipate the long-awaited arrival of wearable devices, ramping from next to nothing today to $82 million 2018 and a $200 million market by 2021.

About NanoMarkets:

NanoMarkets tracks and analyzes emerging markets in energy, electronics and other area created by developments in advanced materials. Visit http://www.nanomarkets.net for a full listing of NanoMarkets' reports and other services.

Contact:

Robert Nolan
NanoMarkets
(804) 938-0030
rob@nanomarkets.net

posted Sep 17, 2014

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