Energy Storage Database
This installment of our SpaceFund Reality (SFR) rating is focused on energy storage.
In space the need for constant and reliable energy is a life and death matter. No matter the source of the energy, the contingency always exists that it will fail, either predictably, as in the long day night cycle of the Moon or in Earth orbit, or in an emergency breakdown of the energy generation system. Thus energy storage is one of the keys to survival on the high frontier. In fact it has been pointed out that the development of battery technology by Tesla – owned by future Mars settler Elon Musk – does not occur in a vacuum – so to speak.
Given electricity is the underlying power source for almost all activities in space, the most common types of storage devices are batteries and capacitors. Also being developed are regenerative fuel cells, basically a standard fuel cell run in reverse when energy is plentiful, that can then, when needed be reversed again when energy is needed. More exotic systems such as flywheels are much more feasible in space than Earth due to the ability of the wheel to spin without gravitational issues, but as yet are not a major focus for commercial use.
No matter the type of battery, they must withstand the extreme rigors of temperature variations and be as long lived as possible, as replacement and resupply are key challenges when beyond Earth.
Of course with the rise of a more electric based transportation and renewable solar energy industry here on Earth, the development of highly efficient, low cost, and high cycle energy storage systems may prove to be a major profit center for any space company able to solve the challenge. SpaceFund sees energy storage systems as a very interesting area of possible growth. The question will be do developments in terrestrial energy storage benefit space, or will research into storage systems for space lead to a breakthrough for markets here on the planet?
The Energy Storage SpaceFund Reality rating (SFR) is a detailed database of over 15 companies from all over the world that are either actively creating, or planning to create, technology and services to improve energy storage in space. Each company has been assigned an SFR rating based on our analysis, publicly available data, and expert insights.
If you haven’t already, please consult our SpaceFund Reality (SFR) ratings page to learn more about the rating, its purpose, and the underlying formula, as well as to view a complete list of the SpaceFund sectors of interest.
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Important Note (Alpha Sort Columns vs Numeric Sort Columns): In the Specific Energy Density, Voltage, Max Constant Discharge, and Capacitance columns, any figure listed as a “0” is simply a placeholder for unavailable data. This is due to the nature of this table format, and to ensure that the columns sort properly, a numeric character must be included in each cell. So, for example, if a company is listed to have a Voltage of “0” this simply means that this information is not publicly available and the “0” acts as a replacement for “N/A”.
The Funding column is set to sort alphabetically. Since this column contains alphabetic characters in some cells, it will sort alphabetically, not numerically and so the “-” character has been used to represent unavailable data. All other columns in the table will also sort alphabetically.
Important Note (Companies not Products): This database, and the SpaceFund Reality ratings, are based on COMPANIES, not specific products or technologies.
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Updates will be published as new information becomes available.
SpaceFund Reality (SFR) Rating
Energy Storage Database
Last Update: 13 January 2021
|wdt_ID||Company||SFR||Type||Application||Location||Specific Energy Density (Wh/kg)||Voltage (V)||Max Constant Discharge (A)||Capacitance (uF)||Funding ($M)||Country||HQ Location||Description|
|37||AVX||9||Capacitor||Spacecraft||Deep Space; Earth Orbit||0||25.00||0.00||0.00||Public||USA||Fountain Inn, SC||A leading manufacturer and supplier of advanced electronic components|
|38||EaglePicher||9||Battery||Rover; Spacecraft||Deep Space; Earth Orbit; Mars; Moon||160||3.60||250.00||0.00||-||USA||St. Louis, MO||Supplying reliable and high quality batteries for space missions|
|39||EnerSys||9||Battery||Spacecraft||Earth Orbit||147||3.60||70.00||0.00||Public||USA||Reading, PA||Manufacturing spacecraft batteries to supply mission-critical power for platform and payload systems|
|40||Presidio Components||9||Capacitor||Rover; Spacecraft||Deep Space; Earth Orbit; Mars||0||16.00||0.00||0.00||-||USA||San Diego, CA||Leader in the manufacturing of ceramic capacitors|
|41||Amprius||8||Battery||-||-||450||0.00||0.00||0.00||172||USA||Fremont, CA||Manufacturing the highest energy density lithium-ion batteries in the world|
|42||FastCap Ultracapacitors (Nanoramic)||7||Capacitor||Spacecraft||Earth Orbit||0||3.00||0.00||460,000.00||40||USA||Boston, MA||Developing high performance ultracapacitors and energy storage technologies|
|43||Teledyne Energy Systems||7||Regenerative Fuel Cell||Surface||Mars; Moon||0||0.00||0.00||0.00||Public||USA||Hunt Valley, MD||Developing advanced energy systems for space applications|
|44||Giner||6||Regenerative Fuel Cell||-||Mars; Moon||0||0.00||0.00||0.00||-||USA||Newton, MA||Developing regenerative fuel cell designs for Mars/Lunar exploration programs|
|45||NGK Spark Plug||6||Battery||-||Moon||0||0.00||0.00||0.00||Public||Japan||Tokyo||Aiming to supply the burgeoning lunar industry with a stable energy storage solution|
|46||ADA Technologies||5||Battery; Other||Rover; Spacecraft; Surface||Earth Orbit; Mars; Moon||0||0.00||0.00||0.00||-||USA||Littleton, CO||Developing energy storage technologies for space applications|
|Company||SFR||Type||Application||Location||Specific Energy Density (Wh/kg)||Voltage (V)||Max Constant Discharge (A)||Capacitance (uF)||Funding ($M)||Country||HQ Location||Description|
SpaceFund Sectors of Interest
SpaceFund is interested in a number of sectors of the space economy, specifically Transportation, Communication, Human Factors, Supplies, and Energy. In the coming months we will post SFR ratings for companies from all of these sectors, providing a robust overview of the state of frontier-enabling companies across the industry. Please check back frequently to view new sub-sector databases, and sign up to receive our emails to be notified of each new release.
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