Air electrode batteries are high energy density metal resource batteries powered by the oxidation of the element with the oxygen from the air with sizes varying from small button cells to large vehicle propulsion batteries. Metal resources can be zinc, lithium, aluminum, magnesium, iron and sodium for primary (non rechargeable), secondary (rechargeable) and fuel (continuous oxygen) types of batteries. Among different battery technologies, this is relatively new technology.
Usage differs on the battery type, metal used and energy generating capacity. Energy generation, storage and supply in various devices like electric vehicles and electric bikes in automotive/ transportation industry and medical devices are a major application in a yet niche market. Other applications involve power grid energy storage and usage in military devices. Light weight, high energy density, low performance and long life are unique capacities of air electrode batteries which make them more preferable to be further developed into technologies for electric vehicles and electric grid storage devices. Inexpensive production and being efficient substitute to fossil fuel in terms of prices and environmental value, air electrode cells will result in a market transformation of renewable energy storage. Being in its introduction stage, air electrode batteries can achieve full market potential by tackling the key issues it faces in terms of business models, financing and raw materials resourcing. Safety, regulatory policies and technological competitiveness are another set of challenges faced by this industry. The industry also needs to diversify in the products segment to overcome the drawbacks each material or technology come with. Also, survival and perish ability of current products against its competition will highly be dependent on value adding research and development initiatives and relevant patent acquisitions by manufacturers. List of patents held by Tesla, Toyota, Ford Motors and General Electric are few examples showcasing the market competitiveness. Strategic alliances need to be built and new marketing tactics need to be imposed to ensure market penetration with major government regulations.
Market regions include Europe and North America and the emerging regions of Asia Pacific and RoW. Arotech Corporation, Basf Global, Bluecar, Bmw Ag, Capricorn Venture Partners, Changan Automobile Group, Daimler Ag, Duracell, Eos, Fiat, Ford Motors, General Motors, Hitachi Maxell Ltd., Honda Motor, Hyundai Motor, Lg, Chem Co. Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors, Panasonic Energy, Polyplus, Rayovac, Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., Siepac, Sony Corporation, Terra Motors, Tesla Motors, Toyota Motor Corporation, Volkswagen Ag And Zaf Energy System are a few market participants.
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