Green energy

Operation profile

Advanced battery manufacturers produce advanced batteries and energy storage products, utilizing technologies such as lithium ion, nickel metal hydride, or polymer lithium-ion, among others. Significant and ongoing investments in research and development typify this industry, due to continual demand for improved power-to-weight/size ratios for batteries used in automobiles, electronics, and advanced technology applications. Advanced batteries can also form a component of small-scale renewable energy systems, providing storage capacity for generated energy.

The representative operation modeled is a small-sized manufacturer of advanced batteries and energy storage products. As detailed in the following table, this operation is characterized by:

  • Moderate facility and equipment requirements
  • A workforce strongly weighted toward scientific/technical staff and skilled operators
  • Relatively low energy requirements
  • Significant in-house R&D activities.

The business is assumed to operate as a stand-alone profit center.
 

Summary of operating parameters

Industry: Green energy

Operation: Advanced batteries

Facilities requirements
   Leased industrial site - acres (20,234 m2)
5
   Size of factory - ft2 (8,083 m2)
87,000

Other initial investment requirements
   Machinery and equipment - US $'000
$12,000
   Office equipment - US $'000
$400
   R&D equipment - US $'000
$250
   Inventory - US $'000
$5,000
   Equity financing - % of project costs
50%

Workforce
   Management
6
   Sales and administration
15
   Production/non-dedicated product development
      - Professional, technical
33
      - Operators
17
      - Unskilled laborers
6
   Other
3
 
Total employees
80

Energy requirements
   Electricity: monthly consumption demand - kWh
160,000
   Gas: monthly consumption - CCF (28,329 m3)
10,000

Other annual operating characteristics
   Sales at full production - US $'000
$41,000
   Materials and other direct costs - % of sales
44%
   Other operating costs - % of sales
5%
   Investment in tax-eligible R&D - % of sales
4.0%

International results

International results are illustrated in the following chart. These results reflect the combined impact of 26 location-sensitive cost components applied to the modeled operation. Detailed results for these countries, by individual cost component, are available as a separate table.

City results

The following table profiles results for selected cities, by country, from among the 111 cities featured in this report. Results for all other cities included in the study can be found in the Results lookup section of this website.

Results for selected cities
Industry: Green energy
Operation: Advanced batteries
North America – selected cluster cities
Country and CityIndex & Rank1
CACalgary, AB91.713
 Edmonton, AB91.712
 Saskatoon, SK92.821
 Vancouver, BC91.411
MXMexico City, DF92.014
 Monterrey, NL89.21
USChampaign-Urbana, IL97.151
 Cincinnati, OH96.243
 Cleveland, OH97.354
 Detroit, MI99.481
 Houston, TX99.584
 Little Rock, AR97.456
 Madison, WI97.960
 New Orleans, LA95.940
 Portland, OR100.499
 Spartanburg, SC97.355
1  Rank among 111 featured cities.
 
 
 
International locations – all cities
Country and CityIndex & Rank1
AUAdelaide94.427
 Brisbane95.838
 Melbourne93.825
 Sydney94.730
FRMarseille93.523
 Paris93.322
GEBerlin95.534
 Frankfurt95.736
ITMilan94.529
 Rome95.231
JPOsaka93.724
 Tokyo94.427
NLAmsterdam92.318
 Rotterdam92.115
UKLondon97.557
 Manchester92.419
1  Rank among 111 featured cities.

 
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