Nikkei BP Clean Tech Institute

The Battery Industry in 2015

9 battery industry predictions based on key insights from 30+ industry experts


Batteries are not only a determinant of the cost and performance of electric vehicles (EV), but also have become an indispensable core component of implementing and optimizing large-scale “smart grid” electrical systems, as well as the energy management systems of “smart houses,” and “smart buildings”. In order to take the lead in the growing environment/energy industry, it is crucial to anticipate future trends in the battery industry.

While technological and market trends for batteries have become increasingly more chaotic, following the emergence of new entries into the industry, the battery industry remains closed and core information stays undisclosed. It has been particularly difficult to access information about increasingly influential battery manufacturers in Japan, China, and Korea, further exacerbating the inability to accurately foresee the future industry landscape. In the near future, which battery makers will come out on top? To what extent can battery costs be reduced? Which battery structure and materials will become more mainstream?

This report answers these questions, uncovering the future of the battery industry by analyzing 7 key companies, including Panasonic (Japan, formerly Sanyo Electric Company), LG Chem (Korea), and BYD (China), and by conducting interviews with 30+ key players of the industry.

Extensive information about Japanese, Chinese and Korean battery manufacturers

In-depth analysis of company strategies from multiple angles, including production schedules, product specifications, technical features, cost goals, and extensive quantitative data.

Original viewpoints on 9 controversial subjects in the battery industry (Includes supporting comments from industry exports)

~ Predictions for the industry through 2015
-The number of major global battery companies down to 7
- EV as the driving force behind lowering battery costs
- Chinese battery manufacturers not dominating the world market

Interviews with 30+ key industry figures

Includes interviews with executives from Panasonic (Japan, formerly Sanyo Electric Company), Nissan Motor (Japan), NEC (Japan), BYD (China), Tianjin Lishen (China), Wanxiang Group (China) and LG Chem (Korea)

Thorough analysis on BMS (Battery Management System) technology

Explains the overview of BMS as a core part of battery design, along with BMS technology trends and implementation examples.

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Part1 Executive Summary

Part2 9 predictions of what will occur in the battery industry by 2015

  1. (1) The Number of Major World Battery Companies Reduced to 7
  2. (2) EV as the Driving Force Behind Lowering Battery Costs
  3. (3) Battery Competitiveness: Determined by Scale, Materials, Structure and Safety SAMPLE
  4. (4) Chinese Battery Manufacturers Not to Lead the Charge
  5. (5) Fe-based Battery Becoming Prevalent in China and other Emerging Countries
  6. (6) BMS Technologies Becoming Less Differentiated
  7. (7) “18650 Series” Not Becoming Mainstream for Large-Scale Batteries
  8. (8) Batteries to be Locally Produced for Local Consumption
  9. (9) Government Support to Spur Battery Market Growth

Part3 Strategies of the world’s leading battery manufacturers

  • Chinese manufacturers (BYD, Tianjin Lishen, Wanxiang Group)
  • Korean manufacturers (LG Chem, Samsung Group)
  • Japanese manufacturers (Nissan Group, Former Sanyo Electric (Now Panasonic)

Part4 Battery applications in China, US and Japan:an impetus for lower cost and increased efficiency


  • Chinese Eco-Friendly Car Strategy, and Technology and Market Trends
  • Stationary Energy Storage Systems in China

United States

  • America’s Eco-Friendly Car Strategy and Technology & Market Trends
  • Stationary Energy Storage Initiatives by US Companies


  • Japanese Eco-Friendly Car Strategy and Technology & Market Trends
  • Development of EV/PHEV by Japanese Companies
  • Converted EV Development in Japan

Part5 BMS technology as the core of battery design

BMS objectives, Methods, Cost calculation and Case study

  • Objectives SAMPLE
  • Technology Overview and Fundamental Methods
  • Cost Estimation and Analysis

Examples of BMS Technology Development

  • Trend of BMS Technology Development
  • Applications of “18650 series” Battery Pack
  • Examples of Active Balance Methods in Development

Battery Management IC Technology, Market Trends, and Differentiating Factors

  • Overview and Technology Trends of Battery Management IC
  • Products and Technology of Major Battery Management IC Manufacturers

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