Yuan-Sheng Yu

Alternative Fuels More...

March 28, 2020

Synthetic aviation fuel made from renewable feedstock and used as a replacement for conventional kerosene-type jet fuel. The aviation sector is a fast-growing market for biofuels and provides new opportunity for producers to expand, as they will face stagnant demand due to gradual electrification of... read more.

Technology

Yuan-Sheng Yu

Alternative Fuels More...

March 27, 2020

Microbial decomposition of organic matter in the absence of oxygen for the production of biogas, a roughly 50-50 mixture of carbon dioxide and methane. Anaerobic digestion is a well-established technology with clear applications. While the industry is crowded with major engineering, procurement, and... read more.

Technology

Shriram Ramanathan

Digital Transformation

March 27, 2020

Emerging digital technologies are seeing rapid adoption in every industry across the value chain (see "Strategies for Monetizing Data"). While field service is no exception, it continues to lag behind many other areas. In this insight and the next, we will provide a broad introduction to field ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 27, 2020

While metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) remain a highly academic subject, understanding of their capabilities has grown in the past several years, and synthetic methods and MOF design tools continue to improve. MOFs can be widely applicable to potential use cases in gas and liquid separations, gas ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

March 27, 2020

Through its Argentinean subsidiary, Helm, a major global chemical company, offers generic and post-patent fertilizer and crop protection agrichemical products in the region. In 2020, the company will launch SKYFLD – an independent, online, subscription-based precision agriculture platform – in ... read more.

Case Study

Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

March 27, 2020

Software tools that help consumers find products on e-commerce platforms using images

The company was started by Ofer Fryman (CEO), Idan Pinto (COO), and Helge Voss (CTO); since its founding, the company has raised $31.6 million in investment funding; some of the key investors include Viola Ventures and NHN Investment. The company makes software tools that help consumers realize ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

March 27, 2020

Visual product search and real-time recommendation customization on e-commerce platforms

The software tools are embedded in e-commerce web sites and apps, allowing consumers to search for products using photos within each e-commerce platform The software tools can also personalize product recommendations on the product pages in real time according to consumers' feedback on the products ... read more.
Company Profile

Patricia Seoane da Silva

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 27, 2020

Modular and high-altitude wind turbine tower made of laminated timber

CEO Otto Lundman and Joakim Örneblad co-founded Modvion in 2015; to date, the company has raised about €600,000 in funding, including a €50,000 EU Horizon 2020 grant and an equity investment round in early 2019 that raised €500,000 from Chalmers Ventures and angel investors. The company is a ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Patricia Seoane da Silva

Owning the Energy Transition

March 27, 2020

Vuilleumier heat pumps for space heating, water heating, and air conditioning

Paul Schwartz and Peter Hofbauer co-founded ThermoLift in 2012; since then, the company has raised about $25 million in funding, including grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and NYSERDA, as well as funding from NREL's Wells Fargo incubator and an undisclosed group of gas consortia The company... read more.
Company Profile

Net Zero Energy Buildings and their impact on the grid

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Net zero energy buildings (NZEBs) are designed to generate as much energy as they consume and be as energy-efficient as possible. The increased availability of a variety of distributed energy resources in commercial and residential buildings is supporting the growth in deployments of NZEBs. This report looks to quantify the market for NZEBs, analyze the impact that these buildings have on the power grid, and provide a forecast of the future of energy in the built environment.

The Digital Transformation of Transportation and Logistics

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Supply chain's across industries struggle with the fundamental issues of visibility, reliability, and agility. These challenges get further compounded due to the global spread of complex supply chains, slowdown in global economic growth, and broader sustainability goals. On top of that- customers across the board are now more demanding with regards to lead times, reverse logistics, and product customization in the era of e-commerce. Starting off with the downstream end of the supply chain, this report discusses the novel solutions digital technologies bring to warehouses and logistics that could solve the perennial issues of supply chains while also highlighting emerging players, and case studies for a deeper insight.

Preparing for quantum computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Quantum computers promise to solve certain problems that are not addressable even by today’s high-performance computers. Previously inaccessible advantages in new product development and operational improvements are being targeted through applications like quantum chemical simulation and optimizing vehicle routes for fleets. Quantum computers are not yet advanced enough to provide advantages for business applications, but the last few years have shown it growing rapidly in innovation activity. To prepare organizations for this emerging technology, we answer why quantum computing is valuable, when it will be ready, and how interested organizations should engage.

Innovative manufacturing methods to shift production costs and customize products on demand

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

This report will delve into the many ways manufacturers are shifting away from the traditional high-volume, centralized production model in order to lower per unit costs and respond to product diversity and customization. Methods examined will include adaptive manufacturing, distributed manufacturing, and flexible manufacturing, as well as lessons learned from emerging generative design and product simulation methods and their implications for production. The different methods will be defined and analyzed for value, fit to industry sector and business model innovation and readiness.

Decarbonizing the global energy trade

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

As renewable energy generation grows to meet decarbonization goals, so do concerns about overgeneration and curtailment. Hydrogen is increasingly seen as means to reduce curtailment by shuttling energy that would otherwise be wasted on the grid to other sectors like industry and transportation – a practice called sector coupling. While sector coupling may help curtailment, it doesn’t address the myriad regions that lack the land area or resource potential like Japan or the Netherlands to overbuild solar and wind generation. These regions instead must find a means to import renewable energy cheaply to realize decarbonization goals. In this report, we will highlight the challenges of sector coupling and provide a framework to identify the best energy vectors to import and export renewable energy.

Digital Therapeutics

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Digital therapeutics are a key element of the ongoing digital transformation of healthcare. These tools support personalized yet scalable health services, which is critical where high costs and accessibility represent barriers to quality healthcare. This report will outline the landscape of digital therapeutics, demystify the challenges that they face, and provide an outlook on the future role of digital therapeutics in the healthcare landscape.

The Digital Transformation of Consumer Journey

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2020

Enabled by emerging digital tools like AI, IoT, and AR/VR, digital is further transforming the entire customer journey from product acquisition, both online and in-store to product utilization through retention. In order to say ahead, consumer products now need to develop a strategy for how future customers’ will engage with their products. This report will examine the digital solutions pushing the post-mobile future of the customer journey, the value propositions that are starting to emerge, and case studies from those starting to pilot them.

AR-enabling data processing and software components

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Immersive and realistic overlay of virtual content onto a real-world image requires not only sophisticated hardware elements but also data processing. This study will dive into the necessary software components that enable AR experiences, describing critical computation steps such as simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM), eye tracking, and image recognition for face, object, and gesture detections. We’ll also highlight various applications and developers that use these software elements in specific use-cases

Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Supply Chain Constraints on LNG Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Natural gas is often touted as the fuel that will power the ongoing energy transition. Several energy companies such as Shell, Total, and Qatar Petroleum have committed to expand their gas and LNG businesses, with the latter even quitting OPEC in its pursuit for gas. However, as global regasification capacity continues to outgrow liquefaction capacity, the outlook for LNG and near-term supply constraints needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system and analyze the collateral impact of supply chain constraints on LNG markets in the near future.

EV Inflection Tracker: 2020 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Electric vehicles are no longer a niche segment of the automotive industry, approaching 2 million in annual sales. Automakers are now committing billions toward securing raw materials and battery supplies, designing platforms, and building manufacturing capacity for electrified vehicles. However, as governments around the world roll back subsidies while tightening environmental regulations and forcing automakers to sell electric vehicles, automakers face the challenge of making electric vehicles profitably at a large scale. This report analyzes a decade of electric vehicle data to determine how electric vehicles compete with performance from internal combustion engines on metrics like range, price, charging speed, and others.