China Rechargeable Battery Market 2008-2009

By the development of commercialization application, rechargeable battery industry has undergone two main development periods: lead-acid batteries and nickel-cadmium batteries; presently the development of rechargeable battery mainly focuses on the nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) battery and lithium-ion battery. Moreover, fuel cells and solar cell will be the direction of future development of rechargeable battery.

China has 1500 Lead-acid battery manufacturers and in recent years, the average annual growth rate of output is 20%. China’s output of lead-acid battery contributes 1/3 of the world’s total output.

Automotive starting battery is the major consumption of lead-acid battery, accounts for about 37% of total. Although the development of Ni-MH battery and lithium-ion battery have been in a rapid period, but because of price and other reasons, they can not replace Lead-acid battery’s position in Auto starting battery market in many years.

According to the data of China Industrial Association of Power Sources, Ni-MH battery used in HEV has reached 118 million all over the world in 2008. With the development of new energy vehicle, Ni-MH power battery will continue to maintain a certain growth in auto battery market.

Lithium-ion battery has a wide range of applications, such as mobile phone, laptop, power tools, digital cameras, audio devices, game and electric vehicles. Mobile phone and laptop are the main markets for lithium-ion battery and will still dominate for a while; but, in the long term future, after the promotion of new energy vehicles, lithium-ion power battery will has a high-speed growth in the auto battery market, therefore, the pattern of lithium-ion battery market may will be changed.

Since lithium-ion battery’s industrialization, the world’s total output of lithium-ion battery has been grown yearly, but its growth rate in last three-year has been slow down. Affected by the global economy downturn, the growth rate of the global lithium-ion battery might be under 20% in 2008. China’s output of lithium-ion battery had been an outbreak period previously, now is entering the stage of steady growth. China’s product of lithium-ion battery is mainly for cell phone. Affected by the financial crisis, it is estimated that the growth rate of lithium-ion battery in China might drop to around 11% in 2008.

In terms of the battery’s industrialization that China has a considerable gap compared with Japan and the United States, which can be reflected in the materials technology industrialization. Comparison of materials technology and manufacturing technology of Ni-MH and lithium-ion battery among China, Japan and the United States, China could produce small-monomer cells relying on imports of cell materials. However, even if the issue of materials technology solves, the design and manufacturing problems of high-capacity and high-power battery are still as a barrier, which is the key technical problems need to sort out for electric vehicle’s battery.

1 Brief of rechargeable battery
1.1 The development process of rechargeable battery
1.2 The composition and preparation of rechargeable battery
1.3 Application fields of rechargeable batteries
2 The technical characteristics of rechargeable batteries and their advantages and disadvantages
2.1 Lead-acid batteries (Pb-acid)
2.2 Nickel-cadmium batteries (Ni-Cd)
2.3 Nickel-metal hydride battery (Ni-MH)
2.4 Lithium-ion battery (Li-ion) 7
2.5 Fuel Cell
3 Application and market of lead-acid battery in China
3.1 China is the world’s largest production and consumer country of lead-acid battery
3.2 The large volume of vehicles is the main demands for lead-acid battery
3.3 The steady growth of demand for automotive starting battery replacement
3.4 The slow-down growth of battery for new automobile
3.5 The rapid development of electric bicycle drives the strong demand for lead-acid battery
3.5.1 The significant growth of electric bike market
3.5.2 The huge demand for Lead-acid battery from electric bicycle
3.6 The application of Lead-acid batteries in new energy fields
3.6.1 Wind power generators
3.6.2 Solar energy storage batteries and photovoltaic cells
3.6.3 Motor vehicles and agricultural electric vehicles
4 Application and market of Ni-MH battery in China
5 Application and market of lithium-ion battery in China
5.1 Applications of Li-ion battery
5.2 Market pattern
5.3 Market demand
5.4 The expansion of production capacity
6 Fuel cell in China
7 Analysis of market risk
8 Comparison of rechargeable battery among China, Japan and the United States