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Industrial Applications Drive the Lithium-ion Batteries Market, Says Frost & Sullivan

-- Revenues set to double during the next four years - Inherent advantages to boost usage levels, despite higher initial costs

LONDON, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial applications represent substantial, untapped growth potential for lithium-ion batteries. The increasing need for cordless tools, data communication equipment and energy storage applications for renewable power will promote greater demand for lithium-ion batteries.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (, European Lithium-ion Battery Market for Industrial Applications, finds that the market earned revenues of $748.2 million in 2012 and estimates this to reach $1,644.2 million in 2017. The research covers the use of lithium-ion batteries in six key applications: industrial tools, medical devices, aerospace and defence, data collection, energy storage, and telecom and data communication.

"High energy density, light-weight, improved performance and long life-cycle are the key factors that motivate the use of lithium-ion batteries in industrial applications," noted Frost & Sullivan Energy and Power Supplies Industry Manager, Suba Arunkumar. "Such inherent advantages are highlighting their appeal, despite higher costs."

These features are also underlining the potential for lithium-ion batteries in energy storage applications. In 2012, back-up applications accounted for majority of the revenues. However, the contribution of residential and community energy storage systems is likely to pick up significantly after 2015.

"Incentives to promote renewable energy is driving market growth by increasing the need for self-consumption of the energy generated," added Arunkumar. "This will lead to heightened demand for lithium-ion batteries."

A key challenge for market participants is to address the high initial price, which could impede mass adoption in stationary applications.

"Owing to low unit shipments and it being a relatively new market, lithium-ion batteries are a little more expensive than existing, established chemistries like lead acid, nickel cadmium and nickel metal hydride," explained Arunkumar. "On reaching mass commercial volume, similar to consumer applications, the price of these batteries is expected to fall, pushing usage levels."

If you are interested in more information on this research, please send an email to Chiara Carella, Corporate Communications, at [email protected], with your full name, company name, job title, telephone number, company email address, company website, city, state and country.

European Lithium-ion Battery Market for Industrial Applications is part of the Power Supplies & Batteries Growth Partnership Service programme. Frost & Sullivan's related research services include: Global Thin-film Battery Market, Chinese Uninterruptible Power Supplies Market, and Global Inverter Market for Renewable Energy Systems. All research services included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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