The Cleantech Group’s Energy Storage practice covers all major end-use segments of the storage market: consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and grid-scale storage. We analyze all relevant technical approaches – from mechanical to electrochemical to thermal. Our focus is on differentiating between vendors, analyzing go-to-market and partnership approaches, and understanding the needs of end-users. Our coverage extends to the diverse group of storage vendors including large industrial conglomerates, Asia-based manufacturers, venture-backed startups, and purchasers of storage like utilities, independent power producers, and automotive and electronics companies.
Cleantech Group’s Energy Storage Sector Segmentation by End User
Highlights of our coverage areas across the value chain include:
Consumer Electronics: Here we cover the broad range of companies including materials innovators like Nanosys, global storage players like Samsung, and companies targeting adjacent markets like Qnovo in the battery management systems space. The ubiquity of consumer electronics devices, growing demand on their usage and performance, and consumer’s desires for smaller devices will mean continued growth and innovation in this sector.
Electric Vehicle and Other Mobile: This segment is closely linked with our smart mobility sector coverage. We cover major auto OEMs and end users of electric vehicle batteries like Better Place. We also cover key vehicle and mobile storage vendors – like A123 Systems – in depth.
Grid / Stationary: We have spent a significant amount of time looking at the relatively “greenfield” sector of grid or stationary storage applications. While many other research organizations have focused on differentiating between various storage technologies – most of which have not been adopted at scale – Cleantech Group has focused on the end-user perspective, specifically what grid storage consumers want and why. We have also covered the many vendors in this space, such as Xtreme Power.
Josh Gould, Director, Research & Advisory
As Senior Manager of the Cleantech Group’s Advisory practice, Josh leads client-driven research projects for the firm’s growing list of corporate, investor, and government clients. Josh has a range of expertise related to corporate innovation and growth, energy storage, wind and solar energy, and the smart grid. Prior to the Cleantech Group, Josh founded Gould Energy Storage – a firm advising utilities and investors on energy storage, wind energy, and other cleantech issues. The firm helped client Southern California Edison write the winning proposal to the Department of Energy for what was – at the time – the world’s largest lithium-ion grid storage battery at a wind farm in Tehachapi, CA. Josh has a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Claremont McKenna College where he graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
Greg Neichin, VP of Research and Advisory
Greg is the Head of Cleantech Group’s Research & Advisory business, as well as serving as the company’s lead of Smart Grid. Greg has personally authored a variety of publications including the U.S. DOE’s 2010 Smart Grid Vendor Ecosystem Review. Greg brings to his smart grid research an extensive background in software and data communications having helped build two successful venture-backed software-as-a-service companies (GetActive Software and PlaceVine), as well as managing Strategy & Business Development for Redback Networks. Greg has a B.A. in Economics and Government from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.