It shows that apple will redesign lipo batteries for iPad, iPhone and MacBook to improve battery life. The new lipo battery pack will have some different size of lipo cells. Apple Company is finding to extend the new concept battery pack and apply for patents to TRADEMARK LAW OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The target is to improve the performance of LiPo battery packs in more and more electronic products, such as iPhone, iPad and MacBook. Some batteries are in in parallel to be a battery pack.
The cells in a pack are not different length and thickness. So that it will be up to the hilt to use the limited space. Now the capacity of lipo battery pack is higher a li-ion battery, and also meet a higher voltage. The custom LiPo battery pack can be designed for any size to fit most of products. For example, it can be assembled back to scream to increase capacity. In the same way, make more different length or thickness lipo battery packs but unsymmetrical in phones to fit for other parts, such as CPU, PCB, memory and so on. Apple company is interest in improving battery life. In the early, they want to make a high density LiPo battery. Apple also would like to make external power supply, so that you can charge apple products when can’t find power supply.
LiPo battery is used for many products, such as tablet PCs, laptops and other ultrathin electronics. The demand of market is growing. Ultrathin designed laptops will be reach 40% at the end of 2012. But apple company had taken over 40% of good suppliers for LiPo battery. The other companies DELL, Acer or Asus are searching new LiPo battery suppliers now. For lack of supply, the price of LiPo battery is higher 20% than the second quarter of this year. But it can’t stop the more and more demand. Right now manufacturers in China, Korea and Japan are expanding their current capacity. In Korea 2011, LiPo battery is hold more than 20%-30% in the three battery manufacturers.
The great flexibility of LiPo battery lead to laptops be more thiner, To fit the customers requestment, HP, Dell, Asus, LG and Acer will design and produce unltrothin PCs to get larger market in future. Apple company is the biggest brand in PC market and most of apple products were build in LiPo battery. But to consider the higher cost and lower output, the other brands would like li-ion battery 18650 replace LiPo battery. The unltrathin PCs will be meet 40% of consumer PCs market at the end of next year. On the other side intel publish a new CPU “Sandy Bridge” for untrthin PCs.
Japan is the front ranks of the world in LiPo battery industry and they own more than 50% of material for LiPo battery. Japan has a complete industry chain from upstream of the material to downstream of the material, such as battery pack and circuit design. The earthquake touches LiPo battery supply for global consumer electronics. Sony and Hitachi’s companies in Fukushima declare some battery manufacturers to stop working. They influence the current battery industry chain. Someone forecast that there will be a big gap of LiPo battery this year. But China and Korea have a enough capacity, they will be replace Japan to earn more market.
Japan economics news report that Panasonic will move more LiPo battery production from Japan to China for reducing the labor cost, so that they can keep the max quotient. Panasonic will invest more than USD 300,000,000 for set up a new and large manufacturer and update machines. On schedule, Panasonic wish to reduce cost more than 30% in 2015, and take over 50% of LiPo battery output. Right now 80%-90% of LiPo batteries made in Japan and the others are made in China.
After Japan earthquake, the material of LiPo battery, global aluminum foil has a big gap. The largest of aluminum foil manufacturer in Japan will cooperate with Dongyang company in China and set up joint venture company to provide more materials for LiPo batteries which used for cars. It show that the main battery output will remove from Japan to China.
The more and more companies from Taiwan pay more attention to China mainland market and join in exhibition together and show determination to take over the China market. Fierce competition will be happened soon. It’s reported, China (Shanghai) International battery and technology exhibition will be hold in Shanghai Guangda exhibition center on September 19th.
To consider our world, the more and more lead-acid batteries will be replaced by LiPo batteries. According to the preliminary statistics, two-thirds of lead-acid batteries will be reduced. In China government will produce all new energy resources cars for a new industrial. LiPo batteries represent of the heart of new energy resources cars, battery manufacturer will have a great market and opportunity.
More and more battery companies come into the market, 36 LiPo battery companies take over 72% of all battery companies. Since 2010, 11 new company’s main product is LiPo battery, and 8 new company’s product is lead-acid battery. At the same time, LiPo battery industrial chain of company’s stocks growing well, such as BYD company with RMB18.0. The other LiPo battery company’s stock is following up.
China government publishes a new paper about <Save and New Energy Resources Car Industrial Plan> and reduce & avoid the tax of car to extend new resources car to the market. Lots of investment companies all over the world will pay more attention on battery exhibition in Shanghai on Sep. 2011 and will analyze and invest LiPo battery industrial.
To enhances the performance and safety of LiPo battery, NASA’s Glenn Research Center has asked Fuentek to seek companies to license an advanced copolymer gel electrolyte. This electrolyte technology would enhance the performance of rechargeable LiPo battery and would be safer than existing batteries because there are no volatile or flammable components.
The new technology could be used in: wafer-thin geometries such as smart cards, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), laptops, digital music devices, wireless controllers, battery-powered robots, lightweight radio-controlled cars and aircraft, grid power storage and electric vehicles.
The technology enables a safer, highly flexible, and environmentally friendly fabrication method for producing lithium polymer battery with high ionic conductivity, high cycling stability, mechanical strength and potentially increased battery cycle life. Advancements in technology, like NASA’s gel electrolyte, are imperative to advancing the search for effective alternative energy sources, senior technology transfer consultant at Fuentek, LLC. This electrolyte technology will allow companies to produce safer, more powerful LiPo battery for just about everything, from remote controlled cars to extending the capabilities of solar power through grid power storage. Innovations like this one have the potential to boost economic development and create jobs. We’re working to make that happen.
KASAI Japan & Sanyo Electric, which make hybrid vehicle li-ion battery for Ford and Honda, targets a tenfold increase in lithium ion battery production capacity in five years. They also aim to slash manufacturing costs by half in that time in its bid to become a leader in next-generation power packs for green cars.
Speaking last week at the opening of Sanyo's li-ion battery factory in this western Japanese city, Sano predicted hybrid and electric vehicles will account for 10 to 15 percent of all new-car sales in 2020. Sanyo wants at least 30 percent of that global market, he said. Limited li-ion battery production began at Kasai in July, with initial capacity of 1 million cells a month. Sanyo aims to raise that capacity to 10 million cells by 2015.
Sanyo did not say how many vehicles 10 million li-ion cells could supply. But it could be enough for 125,000 hybrid vehicles a month, judging by the output of its Tokushima factory.The Tokushima plant, which opened last year for trial production, was Sanyo's first facility making li-ion battery for cars. It has enough capacity for 100,000 cells a month, or enough for 15,000 hybrid vehicles a year. There are roughly 80 cells per battery pack.
A research team at Japan's Advanced Industrial Science and Technology has developed a new anode technology that could boost the lifespan of a lithium-ion batteries charge by as much as 30 percent. The synthesis method, known as "soft chemistry," creates a titanium oxide that is significantly more efficient than the lithium titanate it would replace. Batteries could generate about 225mAh of power for each gram versus 175mAh today.
The technique can run at a relatively low temperature, making it easier to implement, and could also reduce the cost of the batteries themselves. Titanium oxide doesn't require relatively costly lithium to make, AIST said. Switching also doesn't affect the ability to maintain capacity over repeated charges. Researchers didn't say how soon they expected the new developments to find their ways into shipping products, though the development is relatively conventional and might become practical sooner than usual for battery research.
This research service includes analysis of LiPo battery technologies for electric and hybrid vehicles in South Korea. It includes market overview of definitions of hybrids and electric vehicles, schematic representation of mild hybrids, full hybrids and electric vehicles, hybrid and electric vehicle strategies of OEMs in South Korea, introduction of hybrids and electric vehicle models, industry challenges, market drivers and restraints, product and technology roadmaps. It also includes battery market that includes market life cycle analysis, market size and forecasts for hybrids and electric vehicles, market breakdown by type of alternative powertrain and type of batteries.
Research Overview This Frost & Sullivan research service titled Strategic Analysis of Battery Technologies for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles in South Korea provides an overview of the hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) market and type of battery technologies adopted in South Korea. It also includes market forecasts by type of motor, hybrid type, EV type, market drivers and restraints, partnership and distribution network and supplier profiles. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following markets: basic (A), sub-compact (B), compact (C), mid-size (D), large (E), large plus (F), multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), pick-up (PUP) and sport utility vehicle (SUV).
LiPo Batteries to Dominate the Battery Market for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles in South Korea
Hybrid and EVs are riding a wave of popularity, as increasing social responsibility and environment consciousness are driving consumers to invest in fuel-efficient and low-emission vehicles. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers will be keen to make the most of this trend and showcase their Green image by promoting zero-emission vehicles. Their endeavours are expected to expand the market size of hybrids from approximately 13,100 in 2010 to 131,500 in 2016 and EVs from 150 in 2010 to nearly 74,000 in 2016. Consequently, Frost & Sullivan estimates the LiPo battery volume for hybrid and EVs to increase from approximately 6,200 in 2009 to 201,500 in 2016 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 65 per cent. The volume of lead-acid batteries is likely to increase from 13,780 in 2009 to 368,800 in 2016 at a CAGR of 55 per cent.
To tap the hybrid and EV market optimally, battery manufacturers have to tweak their technology. As hybrid and EV manufacturers are not completely satisfied with the current batteries, market participants will be compelled to develop advanced battery technologies such as Zinc Air batteries that help increase range and top speed, especially in EVs. Presently, lithium ion battery is still at research and development stages and the technology has not been proven yet, says the analyst of this research. OEMs need to develop a variety of hybrid and EV models to compete with conventional vehicles. New technologies and rapid improvements in hybrid powertrains, resulting in greater fuel efficiency, reliability, lifespan and improved performance, is a step in that direction.
Power electronics suppliers have a wide range of opportunities for the integration of battery monitoring units for battery application in hybrid and EVs. The battery control unit is integrated along with the battery and will be controlled by a centralised hybrid or EV controller. Batteries are likely to be the main storage units and will influence the future design and testing of vehicles for OEMs, notes the analyst. OEMs and suppliers have to collaborate closely to develop batteries to catalyse the commercialization of alternative powertrain vehicles.