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    From: http://www.bccresearch.com/editors/RM-003.html November 10, 2004 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Malika Rajan publisher@ bccresearch.com (203) 853-4266;
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      November 10, 2004
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Contact: Malika Rajan
      publisher@ bccresearch.com
      (203) 853-4266; ext. 309
      Fax: (203) 853-0348

      http://www.bccresearch.com
      Business Communications Company, Inc.
      25 Van Zant Street
      Norwalk, CT 06855-1781

      GLOBAL MARKET FOR PREMIUM PORTABLE POWER SOURCES TO REACH $6.3 BILLION BY
      2009

      The once dominant position of alkaline batteries, nickel-cadmium (NiCad)
      batteries and some tentative uses of nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries
      have given way to lithium-ion battery technology. The inherent higher energy
      density of small fuel cells in comparison to batteries, however, would lead
      to both longer operational time and serve the power demands of
      next-generation portable electronics. Unsurprisingly, this has led many
      device manufactures to examine the technology potential of fuel cells. For
      small portable fuel cells to succeed in the market place, the technology
      must in most case displace batteries or solar panels or succeed in niches
      that these power sources do not presently fill on a performance basis.
      Nevertheless not all the needs for satisfactory portable power have been
      met. Applications for increasingly sophisticated portable devices grow
      yearly.

      According to a recently report from Business Communications Company, Inc.
      (www.bccresearch.com) RM-003 Portable Power Devices: Industry and Market
      Review, the global market for premium portable power sources will rise at an
      average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 7.2%, from $4.4 billion in 2004 to $6.3
      billion in 2009.

      The market for lithium-ion/polymer currently dominates with a 97% of the
      premium portable power sources market and will have about 93% of that market
      in the near-term horizon of five years or $5.87 billion.

      Several driving forces will spur the portable fuel cell market to its
      anticipated global value in 2009 of $411 million. Hydrogen fuel cells are
      expected to feature very strong growth, rising at an AAGR of 25.4% to $385
      million in 2009. Zinc-air cells are a small $12 million market that is
      expected to reach $26 million in 2009. One driving force is the anticipated
      growth of the energy consuming portable devices market. Another driver is
      the performance of portable fuel cells in replacing secondary
      lithium-ion/polymer batteries. Specific markets targeted for portable fuel
      cells are laptop computers, cellular telephones, military, comfort and
      leisure uses, and other emerging segments.

      There are hundreds of companies and institutions worldwide working on the
      commercialization of portable fuel cells. Comfort and leisure products used
      by campers and vacationers make up only about 14% of the portable
      hydrogen-fed fuel cell market estimated for 2004, but in five years may have
      18% of that market.

      Unlike other markets, batteries and fuel cells do not have much synergy in
      the portable market. This is more an either/or sector. In laptop computers
      and enhanced cell phone products, the portable fuel cell must compete on
      price, weight, reliability, availability and performance at the same time
      that more manufacturers are providing lithium-ion/polymer batteries at
      reduced prices. Of the hundreds of new companies or universities now engaged
      in secondary Li-ion/polymer or in portable fuel cells research and
      commercialization, the most recent large concentration appears to be in
      China, but a respectable representation of new entries are in the U.S.,
      Japan, Korea, and Germany along with Portugal, Spain and the U.K.

      Global Value of Premium Portable Power Sources by Type, through 2009
      ($ Millions)
      TYPE
      2000
      2001
      2003
      2004
      2009
      AAGR%
      2004-2009

      Li-ion/polymer
      3,477.0
      3,620.0
      3,945.0
      4,298.0
      5,870.0
      6.4

      H2 Fuel Cells
      5.0
      7.0
      48.5
      124.0
      385.0
      25.4

      Zn-air
      5.5
      7.5
      9.5
      12.0
      26.0
      16.7

      Total
      3,487.5
      3,634.5
      4,003.0
      4,434.0
      6,281.0
      7.2

      Source: BCC, Inc.
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