Navigant Research Leaderboard: Lithium Ion Batteries for Grid Storage

Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 10 Li-Ion Battery Manufacturers

Lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries have been the technology of choice for stationary storage projects in recent years. Due to a combination of low cost, energy density, efficiency, and safety, the technology has emerged as the go-to choice for many stationary energy storage system (ESS) developers. Li-ion batteries have also led the markets for energy storage in EVs and consumer electronics. The rapid growth in these markets has allowed suppliers to develop economies of scale through major investments in new manufacturing facilities that are driving down prices. The global landscape of Li-ion manufacturers is becoming increasingly competitive, with companies vying for market share and investing heavily in manufacturing and R&D.

The most successful companies targeting the stationary battery energy storage market to date are larger corporations with established businesses providing Li-ion batteries for EVs and consumer electronics. While several market barriers could limit growth in the near term, there is tremendous potential, as Navigant Research expects the Li-ion industry to reach $23.1 billion by 2026. Market growth will be spread primarily among the regions of North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, driven by regulatory changes and incentives before prices come down enough to compete with retail electricity rates. As the Li-ion manufacturing industry develops, it promises to deliver low cost, high performance systems.

This Navigant Research Leaderboard Report examines the strategy and execution of 10 leading Li-ion battery manufacturers that are active in the global market for Li-ion batteries for grid storage. These players are rated on 12 criteria: vision; go-to market strategy; partners; production strategy; technology; geographic reach; sales, marketing, and distribution; product performance; product quality and reliability; product portfolio; pricing; and staying power. Using Navigant Research’s proprietary Leaderboard methodology, vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked with the goal of providing industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies’ relative strengths and weaknesses in the global Li-ion batteries for grid storage market.

Top Vendors:

1. LG Chem

2. Samsung SDI

3. BYD

4. Panasonic

5. Kokam

6. Toshiba

7. Saft

8. Leclanché

9. Electrovaya

10. CATL

Key Questions Addressed:
  • Which companies are the leaders in providing Li-ion batteries for grid storage applications?
  • What are the key metrics used to evaluate market performance in the Li-ion industry?
  • How is the Li-ion industry responding to challenging and evolving market conditions?
  • Which market participants are in the best position for success in different geographic regions?
  • How do adjacent battery markets (e.g., EVs and consumer electronics) affect business strategy in the grid storage market?
Who needs this report?
  • Advanced battery manufacturers and vendors
  • Stationary energy storage customers
  • Energy storage technology vendors
  • Energy storage software providers
  • Systems integrators
  • Electric utilities
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Market Introduction

1.2   Criteria Overview

1.3   The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid

2. Market Overview

2.1   Li-Ion Batteries for Grid Storage

2.1.1   Li-Ion Battery Configurations

2.1.2   Key Performance Parameters

2.1.3   Li-Ion Subchemistries   Lithium Iron Phosphate   Lithium Manganese Oxide Lithium Cobalt Oxide   Lithium Nickel Cobalt Aluminum   Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt   Lithium Titanate Oxide

2.2   Recent Li-Ion Technology Trends

2.3   Key Li-Ion Battery and ESS Market Factors

2.3.1   Li-Ion Battery and ESS Market Drivers

2.3.2   Li-Ion Battery and ESS Market Trends

2.3.3   Competing ESS Technology Options   Flow Batteries   Other Advanced Electrochemical Technologies   Electromechanical Technologies

3. The Navigant Research Leaderboard

3.1   The Navigant Research Leaderboard Categories

3.1.1   Leaders

3.1.2   Contenders

3.1.3   Challengers


3.2   The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid

4. Company Rankings

4.1   Leaders

4.1.1   LG Chem

4.1.2   Samsung SDI

4.2   Contenders

4.2.1   BYD

4.2.2   Panasonic

4.2.3   Kokam

4.2.4   Toshiba

4.2.5   Saft

4.2.6   Leclanché

4.3   Challengers

4.3.1   Electrovaya

4.3.2   CATL

5. Acronym and Abbreviation List
6. Table of Contents
7. Table of Charts and Figures
8. Scope of Study, Sources and Methodology, Notes

8.1   Scope of Study

8.2   Sources and Methodology

8.2.1   Vendor Selection

8.2.2   Ratings Scale   Score Calculations

8.2.3   Criteria Definitions   Strategy   Execution

List of Charts and Figures

  • Total Li-Ion Battery Power Capacity and Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid
  • LG Chem Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Samsung SDI Strategy and Execution Scores
  • BYD Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Panasonic Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Kokam Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Toshiba Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Saft Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Leclanché Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Electrovaya Strategy and Execution Scores
  • CATL Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Advanced Battery Cell Types
  • The Energy Storage Value Chain

List of Tables

  • Total Li-Ion Battery Power Capacity by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Li-Ion Battery Revenue by Region, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Li-Ion Battery Power Capacity by Market Segment, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Total Li-Ion Battery Revenue by Market Segment, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • The Navigant Research Leaderboard Overall Scores
  • Vendor Scores
  • Vendor Scores on Strategy Criteria
  • Vendor Scores on Execution Criteria
  • Li-Ion Battery Performance Parameters
  • Li-Ion Subchemistry Comparison

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