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  Date: 29th Oct 2010

Need for advanced battery charging systems on the rise says ABI

As the usage of portable electronics devices grow the need to charge their batteries will also grow up. ABI Research has forecasted that the markets for advanced charging technologies, worth about $1.5 billion in 2010 will grow at a CAGR of over 86% to exceed $34 billion in 2015.

It is not always feasible to plug a cellphone handset into a wall outlet or car adapter for a quick charge. That is why a number of vendors are developing and commercializing advanced charging technologies that can top up batteries wirelessly or using solar or wind power, or which provide for a fast download of electricity while waiting for one's flight.

Research director Larry Fisher of NextGen, ABI Research's emerging technologies research incubator, says, "With developers about to release advanced charging products in late 2010 and the first half of 2011, the advanced charging revolution is about to take off. In addition, the Wireless Power Consortium's release of the Qi standard for interoperable wireless charging in 2010 has set the stage for portable electronics manufacturers and infrastructure producers such as Panasonic, Philips Electronics, Samsung, LG Electronics and Nokia to incorporate the technology into their products."

It is reported that some of these technologies are particularly applicable to users in developing countries. Parts of the Middle East and Africa, for example, do not have access to stable power, and cellphone users must travel many miles and pay to charge up.

          
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