Navigant Research Leaderboard: Non-Lithium Ion Batteries for Grid Storage

Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 13 Non-Li-Ion Battery Energy Storage Vendors

During the past 2 years, lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries have emerged as the most widely deployed technology for new stationary energy storage projects. These batteries are typically selected due to the attractive combination of low cost and highly reputable vendors. Driven by increases in manufacturing capacity and sales volumes from the complementary EV industry, Li-ion battery pack costs have decreased dramatically. Yet, despite their popularity, Li-ion batteries are not well-suited for certain stationary storage applications.

Many non-Li-ion battery technology providers are hoping to capitalize on the weaknesses of Li-ion technology and capture a piece of this rapidly growing industry. Non-Li-ion battery providers include both startups and large, well-established corporations. While some non-Li-ion technologies have just emerged from laboratories and been introduced to the market, others have been utilized for decades. Within the stationary storage market, sodium sulfur (NaS) batteries have been widely deployed around the world. However, the high costs for NaS systems compared to alternatives combined with safety concerns due to several battery fire incidents have allowed both Li-ion and new non-Li-ion technologies to capture market share. Vendors are working to take advantage of the strengths of each of the technologies, including non-Li-ion solutions such as flow batteries, advanced lead-acid batteries, and zinc-based batteries.

This Navigant Research Leaderboard evaluates the Strategy and Execution of 13 leading non-Li-ion battery energy storage providers. These companies 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 market for non-Li-ion batteries for grid energy storage.

Top 10 Vendors:

1. ViZn Energy

2. Sumitomo Electric

3. Gildemeister

4. UniEnergy

5. Eos Energy Storage

6. Fluidic Energy

7. Vionx Energy Inc.

8. Primus Power

9. NGK Insulators

10. FIAMM

Key Questions Addressed:
  • Which players are the leading vendors of non-lithium ion (Li-ion) battery energy storage systems globally?
  • Which technologies and vendors will be best able to compete with Li-ion batteries for stationary energy storage?
  • Which non-Li-ion battery vendors have the most well-established and comprehensive product portfolios?
  • What are the key differences between non-Li-ion battery vendors?
  • What are the different strategies used by various non-Li-ion battery vendors?
Who needs this report?
  • Energy storage systems integrators
  • Energy storage project developers
  • Independent power producers
  • Battery OEMs
  • Utilities
  • Engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firms
  • Investor community

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary

1.1   Market Introduction

1.2   The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid

2. Market Overview

2.1   Market Definition

2.1.1   Advanced Lead-Acid

2.1.2   Flow Batteries

2.1.3   Molten Salt Batteries

2.1.4   Zinc-Based Batteries

2.1.4.1   Zinc Hybrid Cathode

2.1.4.2   Zinc-Air

2.2   Market Drivers

2.3   Market Barriers

2.4   Market Trends

3. The Navigant Research Leaderboard

3.1   The Navigant Research Leaderboard Categories

3.1.1   Leaders

3.1.2   Contenders

3.1.3   Challengers

3.1.4   Followers

3.2   The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid

4. Company Rankings

4.1   Leaders

4.1.1   ViZn Energy

4.1.2   Sumitomo Electric

4.2   Contenders

4.2.1   Gildemeister

4.2.2   UniEnergy

4.2.3   Eos Energy Storage

4.2.4   Fluidic Energy

4.2.5   Vionx Energy Inc.

4.2.6   Primus Power

4.2.7   NGK Insulators

4.2.8   FIAMM

4.3   Challengers

4.3.1   redT

4.3.2   Ecoult

4.3.3   Redflow

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

8.2.2.1   Score Calculations

8.2.3   Criteria Definitions

8.2.3.1   Strategy

8.2.3.2   Execution

List of Charts and Figures

  • Non-Li-Ion Battery Energy Storage Market Share by Technology, World Markets: Deployed and Pipeline Power Capacity
  • Annual Installed Stationary Energy Storage Power Capacity by Non-Lithium Ion Battery Technology, All Market Segments, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • The Navigant Research Leaderboard Grid
  • ViZn Energy Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Sumitomo Electric Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Gildemeister Strategy and Execution Scores
  • UniEnergy Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Eos Energy Storage Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Fluidic Energy Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Vionx Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Primus Power Strategy and Execution Scores
  • NGK Insulators Strategy and Execution Scores
  • FIAMM Strategy and Execution Scores
  • redT Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Ecoult Strategy and Execution Scores
  • Redflow Strategy and Execution Scores

List of Tables

  • Annual Installed Stationary Energy Storage Power Capacity by Non-Lithium Ion Battery Technology, All Market Segments, World Markets: 2017-2026
  • Deployed Capacity of Non-Lithium Ion Batteries by Technology, World Markets: 3Q 2017
  • Pipeline Capacity of Non-Lithium Ion Batteries by Technology, World Markets: 3Q 2017
  • The Navigant Research Leaderboard Overall Scores
  • Vendor Scores
  • Vendor Scores on Strategy Criteria
  • Vendor Scores on Execution Criteria

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