August 2013
  • August 15, 2013 Category: Advanced Materials

    On account of their versatile properties, polymers have gained respectable popularity in this field, resulting in their wide-scale use. A direct impact has been the improvement in technologies for the production of high-quality polymer resins on a large scale. In addition, major polymer producers are making investments in order to portray themselves as medical polymer manufacturers. This interest is driven by the market growth of this sector, which should continue to experience sustained profitability.

  • August 14, 2013 Category: Advanced Materials Emerging Electronics

    NanoMarkets believes that Quantum Dots (QDs) have good potential to be a dominant large display format technology in the near term, but will take some more time to find commercial applications in the small display segment. In addition, NanoMarkets believes that in the near to mid-term, the lighting industry is likely to witness a good number of commercial launches, particularly in the solid-state lighting (SSL) segment, in which QDs have the potential to replace LED phosphor-based lighting solutions.

    Downstream suppliers of QD raw materials are likely to expand their manufacturing facilities in order to meet the growing demand for QDs from consumer electronics producers, particularly TV manufacturers, as well as research facilities and some SSL-based lighting solution providers.

  • August 14, 2013 Category: Advanced Materials

    The past year has seen major changes in the world of transparent conductors (TCs).   The uncertainties in the TC market are now—in the opinion of NanoMarkets—higher than they have been for many years.  In summary, in the past year, we have seen three trends emerge that are currently reshaping the opportunities in the TC market.

    The three trends that NanoMarkets sees as central to the potential for TCs as a business proposition are (1) the growing ubiquity of touch panels, (2) the tendency to eliminate TCs from the latest display technologies and (3) alternative TCs reaching some kind of tipping point in terms of acceptability.  These trends have differing implications on the TC community.

July 2013
  • July 17, 2013 Category: Emerging Electronics Smart Technology

    NanoMarkets has provided coverage of the smart lighting sector since the sector’s earliest days.   Our definition of smart lighting comprises adding intelligence – in the form of additional electronics – to enhance the capabilities of lighting systems in useful ways.  Smart lighting, the way that NanoMarkets has discussed it, does not specify the light source and it could use CFL, LED or even incandescent lighting theoretically.  However, almost all commercially viable smart lighting that is likely to be sold going forward is likely to use LEDs.  So it is in LED-based smart lighting systems that the potential for chipmakers lies.

June 2013
  • June 12, 2013 Category: Glass and Glazing Smart Technology

    In an era of increasing environmental awareness, consumers and corporations are seeking ways to make their homes and offices more energy efficient.  In the U.S., energy consumption in buildings represents one-third of all the energy used in the country and NanoMarkets believes that in other countries statistics of this kind would not be all that different from what we see in the U.S.

    Windows are notoriously leaky in terms of energy.  This represents an opportunity to produce more energy-efficient windows.  Much of the technology being developed in this space relates to better insulated windows, but so-called smart windows (a.k.a. self-dimming windows) are also likely to be an important part of the mix and an important contributor to the revenue stream.

May 2013
  • May 02, 2013 Category: Smart Technology

    NanoMarkets thinks that when one digs a little deeper—beyond the purely semantic—it is possible to identify some real distinctions between the old "lighting management systems" and the new "smart lighting systems" concepts and that for manufacturers in the lighting space that understand these distinctions, there will be significant profits to be made over the coming decade.

March 2013
  • March 25, 2013 Category: Advanced Materials

    Technologies for the detection and quantification of ionizing radiation have been around since the discovery of radiation in the late 19th century. As we have learned to exploit radiation to satisfy key technological needs, detection methods have become more and more sophisticated.  NanoMarkets expects most radiation detection equipment markets will remain vibrant for some time to come. Universally, most markets employing radiation detectors want better performance, optimized footprints, mobility and of course, low-cost.  As one might expect there are a lot of drivers impacting the radiation detection market at the present time.

  • March 25, 2013 Category: Advanced Materials

    Radiation detection materials are a category of materials that represents a sector poised for significant growth when new materials become available in the near future.  While current materials such as sodium iodide (NaI), bismuth germanium oxide (BGO, Bi3Ge4O12), lutetium yttrium orthosilicate (Lu2SiO5(Ce)), germanium and 3He (for neutron detection) are currently used in many applications, they all have at least some level of either performance or cost drawbacks for many current and proposed new applications. 

    The need for both high performance and higher sensitivity in homeland security and nuclear medicine diagnostic applications and for less sensitive, low cost solutions in pervasive monitoring systems presents a fertile market for new radiation detection materials.

February 2013
  • February 19, 2013 Category: Renewable Energy

    Solar energy storage with lead-acid batteries is as old as the solar energy industry itself.  Off-grid photovoltaics (PV) has invariably used such batteries – in some cases just car batteries – to store energy produced during sunny periods.  Until recently the market for grid-connected PV storage has been negligible, but this is changing.  As feed-in-tariffs (FiTs) are reduced – and NanoMarkets expects this trend to continue globally – incentives are emerging for both residential and commercial PV users to store the solar energy they generate when the sun shines.

    The solar storage business is thus doubly blessed.  Not only has its opportunity space increased because of the growing number of PV installations as a whole, but non-utility, grid-connected PV has become a target has become a target market for storage for the first time.

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