The Global Market for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials in Energy

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Date: 13-Sep-2016
No. of pages: 220
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Developing clean and renewable energy is crucial for meeting increasingly world energy needs (it is estimated that the world will need to double its energy supply by 2050) that have arisen from population increases and economic expansion in countries such as China and Brazil. The need to reduce dependence on fossil-fuels, global warming and pollution is also of vital impor- tance. As a result, there is a drive for new technologies for energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors) and energy conversion (solar cells and fuel cells). As the performance of these technologies is dependent on the materials utilized, nanomaterials are providing the impetus for new product innovation in:

Energy conversion


  • solar cells

  • fuel cells

  • thermoelectric devices


Energy storage


  • rechargeable batteries

  • supercapacitors


Energy saving


  • insulation such as aerogels and smart glass

  • LED and OLED lightning.


The report also covers applications in oil & gas exploration, catalysts and wind energy.

What Does The Report Include?


  • Market drivers and trends for the use of nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the energy market.

  • Assessment of the market for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in energy including competitive landscape, commercial prospects, applications, commercialization timelines and market challenges.

  • Unique market assessment tools for oppportunities and challenges in nanotechnology in the energy market.

  • Full company profiles of producers and application developers including technology descriptions and end user markets targeted.

The Global Market for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials in Energy

Table of Contents

1 Research Methodology 20
1.1 Commercial Impact Rating System 21
1.2 Market Challenges Rating System 22

2 Introduction 25
2.1 Properties of nanomaterials 25
2.2 Categorization 27

3 The Global Market for Nanotechnology and Nanomaterials In Energy 29
3.1 Batteries 29
3.1.1 Market Drivers and Trends 29
3.1.1.1 Growth in personal electronics, electric vehicles and smart grids markets 30
3.1.1.2 Reduce dependence on lithium 31
3.1.1.3 Shortcomings of existing battery and supercapacitor technology 31
3.1.1.4 Reduced costs for widespread application 33
3.1.1.5 Power sources for flexible electronics 33
3.1.2 Applications 34
3.1.2.1 Lithium-ion batteries (LIB) 34
3.1.2.2 Lithium-air batteries 37
3.1.2.3 Sodium-ion batteries 38
3.1.2.4 Magnesium batteries 39
3.1.3 Market Size and Opportunity 40
3.1.3.1 Total market size 40
3.1.3.2 Nanotechnology and nanomaterials opportunity 41
3.1.4 Market Challenges 42
3.1.5 Application and Product Developers 44-83 (55 Company Profiles)
3.2 Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Storage 85
Market Drivers and Trends 85
3.2.1.1 Need for alternative energy sources 85
3.2.1.2 Demand from transportation and portable and stationary power sectors 85
3.2.1.3 Temperature problems with current fuel cell technology 86
3.2.1.4 Reducing corrosion problems 86
3.2.1.5 Limitations of platinum 87
3.2.1.6 Reducing cost and increasing reliability of current fuel cell technology 87
3.2.2 Applications 87
3.2.2.1 Fuel cells 89
3.2.2.2 Hydrogen storage 90
3.2.3 Market Size and Opportunity 91
3.2.3.1 Total market size 92
3.2.3.2 Nanotechnology and nanomaterials opportunity 92
3.2.4 Market Challenges 93
3.2.5 Application and Product Developers 94-103 (14 Company Profiles)
3.3 Lighting and Uvc 104
3.3.1 Market Drivers and Trends 105
3.3.1.1 Need to develop low-cost lighting 105
3.3.1.2 Environmental regulation 106
3.3.1.3 Limited efficiency of phosphors in LEDs 106
3.3.1.4 Shortcomings with LED lighting technologies 106
3.3.1.5 Improving flexibility 107
3.3.1.6 Improving performance and costs of UV-LEDs 107
3.3.2 Applications 108
3.3.3 Market Size and Opportunity 109
3.3.3.1 Total market size 109
3.3.3.2 Nanotechnology and nanomaterials opportunity 110
3.3.4 Market Challenges 111
3.3.5 Application and Product Developers 111-124 (16 Company Profiles)
3.4 Oil & Gas Exploration 125
3.4.1 Market Drivers and Trends 125
3.4.1.1 Need to reduce operating costs and improve operation efficiency 126
3.4.1.2 Increased demands of drilling environments 127
3.4.1.3 Increased exploration in extreme environments 128
3.4.1.4 Environmental and regulatory 128
3.4.2 Properties and Applications 128
3.4.2.1 Sensing and reservoir management 129
3.4.2.2 Coatings 130
3.4.2.3 Drilling fluids 131
3.4.2.4 Sorbent materials 134
3.4.2.5 Separation 135
3.4.3 Market Size and Opportunity 135
3.4.3.1 Total market size 135
3.4.3.2 Nanotechnology and nanomaterials opportunity 136
3.4.4 Market Challenges 138
3.4.5 Application and Product Developers 139-158 (27 Company Profiles)
3.5 Solar 159
3.5.1 Market Drivers and Trends 160
3.5.1.1 Need for new materials and novel devices 160
3.5.1.2 Need for cost-effective solar energy for wider adoptions 160
3.5.1.3 Varying environmental conditions require new coating technology 162
3.5.2 Applications 163
3.5.2.1 Solar cells 163
3.5.2.2 Solar water splitting 168
3.5.2.3 Solar coatings 169
3.5.3 Market Size and Opportunity 170
3.5.3.1 Total market size 170
3.5.3.2 Nanotechnology and nanomaterials opportunity 171
3.5.4 Market Challenges 173
3.5.5 Application and Product Developers 175-197 (32 Company Profiles)
3.6 Super Capacitors 198
3.6.1 Market Drivers and Trends 198
3.6.1.1 Reducing costs 198
3.6.1.2 Demand from portable electronics 198
3.6.1.3 Inefficiencies of standard battery technology 199
3.6.1.4 Problems with activated carbon 199
3.6.2 Applications 199
3.6.3 Market Size and Opportunity 200
3.6.3.1 Total market size 200
3.6.3.2 Nanotechnology and nanomaterials opportunity 201
3.6.4 Market Challenges 202
3.6.5 Application and Product Developers 204-210 (8 Company Profiles)
3.7 Catalysts 211
3.7.1 Applications 211
3.7.2 Application and Product Developers 213
3.8 Wind Energy 216
3.8.1 Market drivers and trends 216
3.8.1.1 Need for improved polymer composites 217
3.8.1.2 Need for protective coatings offshore ocean wind and marine energy structures 217
3.8.2 Applications 218
3.8.2.1 Nanocomposites 218
3.8.2.2 Nanosensors 219
3.8.2.3 Nanocoatings 220
3.8.3 Application and product developers 220
3.9 Thermoelectrics 224
3.9.1 Market drivers and trends 224
3.9.1.1 Need for clean energy 224
3.9.1.2 Lack of efficiency of conducting polymers 224
3.9.1.3 Limitations of current materials 225
3.9.2 Applications 225
3.9.3 Application and product developers 228

List of Tables

Table 1: Categorization of nanomaterials 26
Table 2: Applications in LIB, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof 35
Table 3: Applications in lithium-air batteries, By nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 38
Table 4: Applications in sodium-ion batteries, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 39
Table 5: Applications in magesium batteries, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 39
Table 6: Nanotechnology and nanomaterials opportunity in the batteries market-applications, stage of commercialization and estimated economic impact 42
Table 7: Market challenges in batteries 43
Table 8: Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the batteries market. 43
Table 9: Applications in fuel cells, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 89
Table 10: Applications hydrogen storage, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 91
Table 11: Nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the fuel cells and hydrogen storage market-applications, stage of commercialization and estimated economic impact. 92
Table 12: Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the fuel cells and hydrogen storage market 93
Table 13: Applications in lighting, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 108
Table 14: Nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the lighting and UVC market-applications, stage of commercialization and estimated economic impact 110
Table 15: Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the lighting and UVC market 111
Table 16: Applications in sensing and reservoir management, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof 129
Table 17: Applications in oil & gas exploration coatings, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof 131
Table 18: Applications in oil & gas exploration drilling fluids, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof 132
Table 19: Applications in oil & gas exploration sorbent materials, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof 134
Table 20: Applications in separation, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 135
Table 21: Nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the oil and gas market-applications, stage of commercialization and estimated economic impact 137
Table 22: Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the oil and gas exploration market 138
Table 23: Applications in solar, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 164
Table 24: Applications in solar water splitting, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 169
Table 25: Applications in solar coatings, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 170
Table 26: Nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the solar market-applications, stage of commercialization and estimated economic impact 173
Table 27: Market challenges for nanomaterials in solar 174
Table 28: Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the solar market. 175
Table 29: Applications in supercapacitors, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 199
Table 30: Nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the supercapacitors market-applications, stage of commercialization and estimated economic impact 202
Table 31: Market challenges rating for nanotechnology and nanomaterials in the supercapacitors market 203
Table 32: Applications in catalysts, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 212
Table 33: Applications in wind energy nanocomposites, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof 219
Table 34: Applications in wind energy nanosensors, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 219
Table 35: Applications in wind energy nanocoatings, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 220
Table 36: Applications in thermoelectrics, by nanomaterials type and benefits thereof. 225

List of Figure

Figure 1: Energy densities and specific energy of rechargeable batteries 33

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