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Potatoes on Mars - space technology rocketing upwards
Space. The final frontier, the first step in a journey (a new beginning), or a horrifying void matched only by your deep fear of the ocean? Whatever your feelings on space, technology has been steadily pushing forwards to take exploration further, faster, and foodier than ever before.
IDTechEx releases report on its 5G market outlook
IDTechEx has released its most recent version of the 5G market research report: ‘5G Technology, Market and Forecasts 2022-2032’, which explores the key technical, industrial, and regional aspects of the 5G market.
The future of the agricultural robotics industry
IDTechEx has released 'Agricultural Robotics Market 2022-2032', a market research report exploring the technical and market factors that are shaping the emerging industry around agricultural robotics. The agricultural robotics industry has grown quickly in recent years, spurred on by advances in robotics technology and AI, and may be set to help alleviate some of the labour issues that are currently threatening global agriculture.
World Energy Storage Day: Fixing flaws in Li-ion batteries
Energy storage is a key enabler for the ongoing electrification of carbon-intensive sectors, namely the automotive and energy industries. Developments in energy storage are driven by the increased uptake of EVs and the balancing of renewable electricity grids to provide power during low solar and wind periods. IDTechEx have developed a portfolio of energy storage research to help clients make strategic business decisions and capitalise from these...
Seven-fold growth in ceramic 3D printing market by 2032
Ceramic 3D printing is an emerging segment within the 3D printing industry that began its commercial journey in the past 10 years, making it a relative newcomer compared with polymer and metal 3D printing. However, increasing entrants into the field in the past few years, from major ceramics companies to small 3D printing startups, illustrates that interest in ceramic additive manufacturing is picking up.
World Electric Vehicle Day: are EVs taking over?
World Electric Vehicle Day is here, presenting a great occasion to take a retrospective look at the past decade of innovation and disruption.
Crossover to electric aircraft progressing
Electraflyer has announced that it has passed crossover, meaning it now sells more battery-electric aircraft than polluting ones. Pipistrel sold over 100 battery-electric aircraft last year as they take over from its traditional offerings. Bye Aerospace does not even make conventional aircraft. With its Tesla-style approach, its order book exceeds 720 battery-electric aircraft evenly split between two and four-seaters.
Trends to track for Li-ion batteries in EVs
Overall, worldwide electric car sales were stronger than expected in 2020. Additionally, investment continued to pour into electric vehicles (EVs) and Li-ion batteries with 2020 seeing an additional 200GWh of planned capacity announcements in Europe, and this figure continues to grow on a regular basis in 2021.
The multi-billion business useful for 6G communications
Metamaterials are added-value materials. The IDTechEx report, 'Metamaterial and Metasurface Markets Electromagnetic 2022-2042' helps you prosper by making and deploying them everywhere. Who should you partner with, emulate or buy? Metamaterials are structures with repetitive patterning controlling radiation and other inputs in a previously impossible fashion.
EV fires: a disaster for automakers, but an opportunity for material suppliers
GM's first recall of the Bolt in 2020 was a significant milestone in the electric vehicle (EV) industry. Approximately 69,000 cars produced between 2017-2019 were recalled for potential battery fires. The 'solution' was a software update limiting the battery capacity to 90% and an inspection of the battery. In 2021, two more Bolt's have caught fire, both of which had the recall. Continued investigation between GM and LG Chem has determined the ca...
Electrically conductive adhesives set to impact the electronics industry
IDTechEx have recently launched 'Electrically Conductive Adhesives (ECAs) 2022-2032', a market research report detailing the technology of ECAs, a form of conductive joining technology. Electrically Conductive Adhesives (ECAs) are a growing competitor to lead-free solders and silver sintering technologies, and currently see use in several electronics applications, such as automotive electronics, consumer electronics, and display applications.
The challenges of the world's largest electric vehicle market
China’s electric two-wheeler market is the largest electric vehicle market in the world. Some 29.66 million were produced in 2020 (with sales typically at over 98% of production). Today, however, the market is no longer seeing the explosive growth of the past, the IDTechEx report ‘Electric Two-wheelers 2021-2041’ finds.
Electrification will take mines beyond mining
Imagine mines with so much electricity production and storage that they do far more downstream processing. As reserves deplete, many will even transition to being zero-emission power stations and electricity storage for local communities and industry or even national grids. The cost of making-good becomes income from reinvention. That is the untold story of mining electrification, beyond the vital safety, greening, and cost reduction of electrics...
Increased adoption for computational image sensors
The increasing adoption of computational image analysis is creating opportunities for many new types of image sensors. These have a diverse range of capabilities, ranging from dramatically lowering the cost of short-wave infrared (SWIR) imaging to large-area thin-film flexible photodetectors. IDTechEx's new report, titled ‘Emerging Image Sensor Technologies 2021-2031: Applications and Markets’, comprehensively explores the market for ...
3D printing composites will be a $2bn industry
3D printing of fibre-reinforced polymers is rapidly approaching a commercial tipping point. This is quickly becoming one of the most exciting and impactful areas of 3D printing; over the next decade the market will grow to $2bn, the installed base and applications will expand, and technology will continue to mature. This growth will not be without challenges; there are barriers to adoption to be overcome in multiple sectors, supply chains & d...
Six hundred mile EVs coming in 2025
Here come 600-mile electric cars and they will grab market share even as city cars. At last, you will be able to buy an EV that lets you vacation in it wherever you wish. The detail is in the new IDTechEx report, ‘Routes to 1000 Mile (1600km) Battery Electric Cars 2021-2041’.
How will food be made in the future?
From free-range chicken to food miles on alfalfa, eating ethically is becoming more and more of a head-scratcher. Even for vegans, there are the questions of how sustainably agave was sourced, or whether environment-damaging pesticides were used to grow kale - and all that is without even considering how the food tastes.
COVID-19 helps drive electronic skin patches market
IDTechEx have released their latest report on Electronic Skin Patches. The report, titled ‘Electronic Skin Patches 2021-2031’, covers the market, technology, and players in this unique product sector, and predicts that the sector will be worth $10bn in annual revenue in 2021.
Machine vision accelerating image sensing
Image sensing is an essential capability, utilised across multiple applications that range from webcams and smartphone cameras to autonomous vehicles and industrial inspection. The brand new report from IDTechEx, ‘Emerging Image Sensor Technologies 2021-2031: Applications and Markets’, comprehensively explores the market for emerging image sensors, covering a diverse range of technologies that span from thin film flexible photodetecto...
Distributed propulsion aircraft come to market
Multiple thrusters are one thing in aircraft. In vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) they reduce the efficiency deficit with helicopters, providing unmatched redundancy and stability in wind. However, the term distributed propulsion (DP) primarily refers to a fundamentally new form of wing that intimately blends aerodynamics with thrust and zero emissions.