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Batteries, Supercapacitors, Alternative Storage for Portable Devices 2009-2019

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

IDTechEx has published a new report on the energy storage for portable devices that will be needed for a huge number of existing and new applications. Entirely researched in 2009, it is called “Batteries, Supercapacitors, Alternative Storage for Portable Devices 2009-2019″. Forecasts are given for both small batteries (single use vs. rechargeable) and for small supercapacitors for 2009-2019 in both numbers and value. The many technologies are explained and compared and a technological roadmap is given for the next ten years.

New uses and new technologies to serve them

As the recession ends, IDTechEx sees rapid growth in sales of both small single use batteries and rechargeable ones and also for supercapacitors for small devices. That results in a forecast of total demand for these devices of $95 billion in 2019 but is far from being an extrapolation of the past. The dominant market drivers will change. From 2014 onwards, there will be increasing demand from e-labels, e-packaging, e-posters, medical e-disposables such as diagnostics and drug delivery, e apparel and use in energy harvesting devices and Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN). These WSN – a tiny market today – are self-organizing, self-healing sensor networks needed for everything from monitoring forest fires and pollution outages and inside bionic man: they are currently a popular topic of research with many business start-ups emerging. Such new products call for different forms of energy storage such as wide area printed devices and biocompatible ones. Then there are single use batteries that need to last for over twenty years and the increasing application of supercapacitors on batteries to compensate for their limitations. That leads to supercabatteries that combine the two constructions in one electrochemical cell. All this is explained in the report, supported by clarification of the leading edge work of many new participants. 39 significant developers and manufacturers are profiled – many of which are little known as yet – and other organisations are covered throughout the analysis.


Technology challenges are frankly reported. IDTechEx shows how battery parameters are often failing to improve as fast as the energy harvesting and electronics they support. New ways forward are extensively analysed. In an unusually broad ranging exposition, everything from the new transparent and tightly rollable batteries, new forms of small fuel cell and the threat to lithium prices are explained. The new laminar and ultra thin batteries and supercapacitors are covered. Biobatteries, virus, biomimetic and magnetic spin batteries – it is all here, in a manner that can be grasped by those with limited technical background but also giving a great deal of technical comparison. The report is therefore useful to investors and marketing staff as well as researchers but the emphasis is commercial rather than academic.

For more information on the topic please contact the author Dr. Peter Harrop at or to find out more about purchasing this report, please contact Raoul Escobar-Franco at

IDTechEx Dates:
Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe | June 3-4 | Cambridge, UK
RFID Europe 2009 | Sep 29-30 | Cambridge, UK
Printed Electronics Asia 2009 | Sep 30-Oct 1 | Tokyo, Japan
Energy Harvesting & Storage USA | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA
RTLS & Wireless Sensor Networks Summit | Nov 3-4 | Denver, USA
Printed Electronics USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA
Photovoltaics Beyond Conventional Silicon USA 2009 | Dec 2-3 | San Jose, USA

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Dragons Den, remake with Richard Farleigh for NGEF 2009

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Dragons Den first transmitted on BBC Two in January 2005, and is a show focusing on entrepreneurs who pitch their own project to the Dragons, five venture capitalists willing to invest their own money in exchange for equity.

In series 3 & 4, in 2006 & 2007, Richard Farleigh became one of the famous Dragons. Two members of the NGEF team met Richard and he agreed to come and attend the Thursday morning session Pitching investors and Partners.

Four selected participants of the NGEF Business Plan competition will have the chance to have Richard Farleigh and 4 other panelists judge and give opinions on their pitches.

For more info on Richard, please visit his official website:

For more info on the show, you may visit