Energy Harvesting Systems Market Segment Analysis – By Technology
Mechanical Technology dominated the market with revenue of $222m in 2020. Mechanical coupling from the vibration source to the harvester has to be good and the good electrical matching between the mechanical harvester and the electronic power management has to be provided to gain maximum power. A team of Penn State materials scientists and electrical engineers has developed a mechanical energy transducer. This transducer is made by flexible organic ionic diodes that points towards a new direction in scalable energy harvesting of unused mechanical energy in the environment including wind, ocean waves and human motion. According to a recent research in Georgia Institute of technology, the triboelectric effect creates surprising amounts of electric power by rubbing or touching two different materials together, due to this discovery they found a new way to power mobile devices such as sensors and smartphones. In the automotive sector, energy loss from engine vibrations and friction as well as vibrations in shock absorbers have been a major source of energy harvesting applications. As a significant portion of input energy is lost in the engine, effectively using thermoelectric and mechanical energy harvesting is required. Depending on the life expectancy of the system an upfront cost to use energy harvesting will pay off in the long run, even though the energy generated is not quite substantial. The use of the energy harvesting system in consumer devices will reduce the cost associated with the change of the batteries. The increasing applications such as deploying EH sensors to monitor remote or underwater locations is also beneficial to consumers.
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Energy Harvesting Systems Market Segment Analysis – By End Use Industry
The industry home & building automation market has acquired the largest market share with 40% in 2020, majorly driven by increase in smart home homes and buildings constructions in the recent years. The development and the implementation of the improved growing systems, for the purpose of biomass production for bio refinery utilization, is gaining attention due to the increasing demands for biofuels and a variety of bio refinery products. Increasing needs of growth in living conditions in the new EU developing countries is expected to increase the demand for the energy. The technological advancements in home automation includes graduated alarm that plays some music which increases the volume slowly until the person reacts to the alarm. Along with this the introduction of many advanced technologies is expected to create opportunities in home automation. Companies like Apple, Jawbone, fit bit and Nike are considered as the major players of wearable devices in U.S. Apple is planning to launch a new wearable device which can determine the glucose levels in blood and link it the daily schedules. The additional feature which is available in this device is it can monitor the stress levels of the person and can distinguish the people and meetings who gave stress.
Energy Harvesting Systems Market Segment Analysis – By Geography
Energy Harvesting market in Asia-Pacific region held significant market share of 37.5% in 2020. A group of researchers are focusing on the development of Piezo harvesters which helps in reducing the number of heart surgeries for people dependent on pace makers. The energy harvester system is used to convert small ambient vibrations into technology and can be used to power the batteries used in pace makers for a longer duration. On an average the battery of a pace maker can run for seven or eight years but, implementing this can increase its life by another 2-3 years. Germany, the home for a number of major automobile manufacturers. is planning to increase the R&D investments on the automotive industry amounted to $21 billion. The increasing investments in automotive manufacturing units with in the country is expected to boost the market.
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Energy Harvesting Systems Market Drivers
Increasing R&D activities for the rise of energy harvesting applications in healthcare and automotive sector
The Energy harvesting technologies present valuable social benefits when applied to the healthcare sector. They have the potential to improve the quality of life for aging people through home-based healthcare solutions, health monitoring systems, pain management, and new treatments. Rise in elderly population year on year set to upsurge the demand of the market in medical sector. For instance, wearable medical sensors that monitor the wearers physiological parameters act as preventive healthcare for elderly people. These technologies may also reduce costs by enabling preventive diagnostics, eliminating unnecessary surgical procedures and shortening surgery time. Many companies are planning to invest on R&D in developing an automated pacemaker that will convert kinetic energy from the beating of the human heart into electrical energy. The device could be the first medical implant able to be powered by the bodys own vibration. With pacemakers, the life of persons can be changed by sparing them the battery-replacing operation they currently need to undergo almost every half decade. Passenger and commercial vehicles such as cars, lorries generate and lose a huge amount of heat in their general operation that creates an opportunity for thermoelectric energy harvesting. Thermoelectric generators can be installed into lorries and cars to reuse some of the heat given off by their vehicle. This provides less stress on the engine and thereby increases energy efficiency levels. Studies have also shown that lorries and cars installed with this thermoelectric generators reduced their fuel consumption by around 5%.
Increasing R&D for the rise of harvesting applications in healthcare sector
Wearable medical sensors that monitor the wearers physiological parameters and act as preventive healthcare for elderly people are a good example. These technologies may also reduce costs by enabling preventive diagnostics, shortening surgery time and eliminating unnecessary surgical procedures. Many companies are significantly investing on R&D to develop an automated pacemaker that will convert kinetic energy from the beating of the human heart into electrical energy. The device would be the first medical implant able to be powered by the bodys own vibration.
Energy Harvesting Systems Market Challenges
Higher Costs of Energy Harvesting Modules
The increasing cost of the energy harvesting system will obviously lead to higher initial costs owing to its costly components such as energy generator, energy management circuitry, and also often it needs to have an energy storage. The cost of the above energy harvesting modules ranges from $10 to several hundred dollars and majorly the cost of energy harvesting module depends on the amount of the energy need to be harvested. The higher prices of these energy harvesting have been hampering the penetration of market in low capital intensive infrastructure of residential and commercial buildings.
Energy Harvesting Systems Market Landscape
Product launches, acquisitions, Partnerships and R&D activities are key strategies adopted by players in the Energy Harvesting market. Energy Harvesting top companies include ABB, Honeywell International Inc., Microchip Technology Inc., Fujitsu Ltd, Silicon Laboratories Inc., Analog Devices Inc. and Others
In February 2020, Cymbet Corporation had collaborated with Axzon in order to launch ultra low power, disposable data logger solution for logistics monitoring applications.
In June 2019, ABB launched portal for home and industrial buyers, an online marketplace platform which will sell home and industrial buyers more than 6,000 items from its electrification business.
The rising demand for efficient energy usage over concerns of environmental impact of energy generation from conventional sources such as coal and natural gas, is expected to help grow the Energy Harvesting market in APAC.
With the implementation of the new regulations focusing on the emissions and traffic congestion, the increasing population which results in massive urbanization rates by 16% and is expected to proliferate sales of electric vehicles in near future which in turn fuel energy harvesting system market growth.
The introduction of the new advanced process which convert mechanical energy into chemical directly while modifying the Li-ion battery, aid in automatically charging with energy generated by the movement of the individual.
Developing countries are facing challenge on reducing the carbon footprints while ensuring peoples access to energy and powering rapid economic growth. Most countries are also seeking ways to enhance their energy security by reducing reliance on fossil-fuel imports. The implementation of the new policies such as feed-in tariffs and tax breaks helps in reducing the cost of the renewable power.
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