Darnell Publishes New Energy Storage Report

March 03, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

The Darnell Group Inc. (Corona, CA) announced the release of its new 250-plus page report, “Energy Storage and Backup Power in Communications: Global Market Forecasts and Competitive Environment,” which gives an in-depth analysis of the worldwide battery markets, broken down into wireline, wireless and CATV, and of emerging technologies such as nickel and lithium batteries, flywheels, microturbines, and fuel cells as alternatives to lead-acid batteries.

The worldwide communications flooded and VRLA battery dollar market is expected to grow from $1,575 million in 2001 to $2,369 million in 2006, a compound annual growth rate of 8.5 percent. While the global economic downturn had a negative impact on battery sales, there are pockets of potential growth regardless of the macroeconomic conditions. Due to maintenance needs, replacement battery sales will remain robust or hold up better than new installation sales. Once the economy recovers, however, the growth of new installation sales again will “cross over” and exceed replacement sales.

The changing mix of the new versus replacement battery market is expected to have a significant impact on output sales as well as value-added opportunities for different supplier channels. In addition to dollar market and supplier channel analyses, the report analyzes the battery market in terms of capacity, defined by both amp-hour and voltage, as different telecom applications use batteries in different capacity ranges.

Finally, projected market penetration of individual emerging technologies from 2001 to 2010 is also presented in the report. The market penetration is expressed as a percentage of the worldwide battery market and is based on dollar sales.