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Ian McClenny, Research Analyst

Ian McClenny

Ian McClenny is the lead analyst for Navigant Research’s Advanced Batteries Innovations research service, specializing in new and emerging energy storage devices for stationary, automotive, and niche applications. McClenny has a wide variety of battery knowledge, ranging from materials and supply chain considerations in next generation technologies to emerging markets and business models for fully commercial energy storage systems. He has worked with several players across the energy storage value chain to identify key players in the industry and analyze new market opportunities for emerging technologies.

As a chemical and materials engineer, McClenny has conducted highly technical research for fuel cell and battery components where his projects ranged from the characterization and reaction testing of porous materials to providing recommendations for cathode fabrication processes. He also has extensive experience with process modeling, statistical analysis, and energy data forecasting for top energy storage manufacturers and systems integrators. McClenny has been cited in industry publications, including Utility Dive, Green Car Congress, and the Financial Times. He holds a BS in chemical engineering with a concentration in materials science from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Recent Reports

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  • Advances in Battery Chemistries Drive Greater Specialization across Energy Storage Applications

    Research surrounding improved battery chemistries is progressing quickly and will soon have a significant impact on the battery industry. Lithium ion (Li-ion) is the primary chemistry used today for applications that require flexible operating parameters. However, several emerging applications such as materials handling, advanced tr...

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  • 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 mar...

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  • Market Data: Advanced Energy Storage for Automotive Applications

    Li-Ion Traction Energy Batteries for Light Duty Passenger and Medium and Heavy Duty Buses and Trucks: Global Market Analysis and Forecasts

    EV sales continue to rise rapidly around the world. Declining battery costs have positioned these vehicles for dramatic market success in the years to come, and long-range EVs are now competitive in price among economy brands after subsidies. This milestone marks a threshold likely to move EVs from a niche vehicle option to the next...

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  • Energy Storage Tracker 3Q17

    Market Share Data, Industry Trends, Market Analysis, and Project Tracking

    Energy storage is shifting from being considered a complementary addition to renewable energy projects to standalone solutions that provide customers and system owners with significant value. In 2016 and through 2017 thus far, traditional emerging markets in the energy storage sector became the prime targets for new and established ...

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Recent Blog Posts

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  • Flow Batteries Under Fire: What’s Happening?

    April 5, 2018

    There has been an uptick in news surrounding flow batteries over the past year. On the positive front, ESS, Inc. recently raised $13 million in funding from investors and announced that it will deliver two of its systems to chemical manufacturer BASF. On the negative front, Vizn Energy scaled back its business, citing the loss of o...

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  • Funding R&D for Improved Advanced Batteries

    June 8, 2017

    The battery of the future must meet the performance standards of industry stakeholders in the motive and stationary energy storage sectors. Navigant Research anticipates the following criteria will be key in the development of new battery advancements going forward: Improved safety to reduce susceptibility to overheating Abundant r...

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  • Energy Storage Access Issues for Low Income Customers

    June 1, 2017

    The total cost of ownership of distributed battery energy storage systems (BESSs) has gone down significantly in the past several years. Given the anticipated continuance of this trend and the emergence of energy storage financing asset classes, Navigant Research expects the global market for residential Li-ion BESSs to reach $310.7...

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  • Materials Handling Sector Trends Upward with IoT and Automation

    May 4, 2017

    As digitization and automation become mainstream, materials handling vehicles (MHVs) are evolving from passive tools to intelligent, connected pieces of the supply chain. Navigant Research believes that advanced technology options for MHVs are nascent in the materials handling industry and offer significant improvements over traditi...

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Recent Press Releases

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