As green initiatives pick up steam in the Asia Pacific region, the ultracapacitor market is gaining strong traction simultaneously. Ultracapacitors are more environment friendly compared to lead acid batteries and offer the potential for reduced carbon emissions. These power quality solutions are witnessing high adoption, particularly in the industrial sector, owing to their good safety record. With a longer lifespan and near-zero maintenance, super capacitors are highly reliable products that make the overall application a lot more reliable.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (powersupplies.frost.com), Strategic Assessment of the Asia Pacific Ultracapacitor Market, finds that the market earned revenues of US$44.9 million in 2009 and estimates this to reach US$810.9 million in 2020.
"With rising end user awareness about the high reliability of super capacitors, greater penetration of the technology is expected for critical applications where safety and reliability are vital," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Teoh Chew Yew. "For applications such as defense, coal trains, and telecom base stations, heavy emphasis is placed on security, performance, and reliability even if it comes at a heavy price."
Ultracapacitors are expected to see prolific use in sectors, such as energy and transportation, which are slated for massive growth in future. Demand will also stem from segments such as construction equipment, rubber-tired gantry cranes and uninterruptible power systems (UPS).
Cost is currently a major hindrance preventing large-scale commercialisation of ultracapacitors. With significant R&D underway, the cost of ultracapacitors is expected to come down in future, thus making it more acceptable in the market. Currently, customers are not aware of the potential of ultracapacitors. However, as the tangible benefits of these solutions become apparent, higher uptake is ensured.
The existence of a few suppliers in the market has been a deterrent to many potential customers who may be unwilling to put too much bargaining power and risk with just one supplier. However, there are currently many suppliers pursuing active research. In the short run, they are expected to have commercially available products and eventually minimise the impact of this restraint.
Low energy density remains a major technical limitation for super capacitors. The impact of this limitation is, however, minimal, as ultracapacitors are not assumed to be directly competing with batteries in all applications currently and have found niche areas. In the future, as energy density improves, ultracapacitors will capture part of the batteries market.
Despite the R&D efforts over the past few years, products that squarely meet the technical and economical needs of the market are yet to be developed.
"To ensure successful business outcomes, competitive pricing must be adhered to, while maintaining high quality," concludes Teoh. "Participants must focus on rolling out high energy and high power density capacitors that are reliable and have a long life span."
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