Nanotechnology in Energy Applications


Nanotechnology is increasingly impacting the U.S. and world energy balance, both on the supply and demand sides. On the supply side, nanotechnology is being used to optimize production from existing energy sources (e.g., crude petroleum) and to exploit new sources such as heavy oil, liquefied coal and solar energy (including using solar energy to produce hydrogen). Nanotechnology is also improving and opening new possibilities for the transmission and storage of energy, especially electricity and possibly hydrogen in the future.

On the supply side, nanotechnologies have the potential to reduce energy consumption by making it possible to manufacture lighter and/or more energy-efficient cards and appliances. Nanotechnologies can also be used to improve energy efficiency in buildings.

Scope And Format
The report focuses on the global market for nanoscale materials (e.g., nanopowders, nanocomposites, nanoscale thin films and others) and devices (e.g., nanosen sors) used in the following types of energy applications:

Renewable and non-renewable energy production (e.g., petroleum refining, solar energy).
Energy transmission, conversion and storage (e.g., transmission systems, transformers, batteries and fuel cells).
Energy end uses (motor vehicles, building HVAC systems, manufacturing).

The report concentrates on nanotechnology applications that are currently in commercial use or are likely to be commercialized by 2017. Other applications that, while promising, are not likely to make it out of the laboratory by 2017, are not covered in-depth.

The report does not cover nanoscale materials and devices used to monitor and/or control the nvironmental impacts of energy production, or use such as nanomaterials used in automotive catalytic converters. These technologies are outside the scope of this study and are covered in detail in several other BCC Research reports such as reports NAN039A Nanotechnology in Environmental Applications and NAN035A Nanosensors.

The report also does not cover nanomaterials that may have an indirect impact on energy consumption (e.g., by decreasing weight or resistance). Readers interested in such materials may wish to consult BCC Report EGY051A Petroleum Fuel Optimization Technologies.

The report format includes the following major elements:
Executive summary.
Description of nanomaterials and nanodevices used in energy applications, including properties and fabrication methods.
Overall market size, segmentation and growth trends.
Major energy applications of nanoscale materials and devices.
Types of nanomaterials/nanodevices used.
Principal developers/manufacturers.
Consumption of nanomaterials and nanodevices, 2011–2017.

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