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Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

August 15, 2019

Growing frustration over congested urban grids and increased commute times has highlighted the need for improved transportation networks. The Government of Maharashtra Cabinet has approved a public infrastructure project aimed at building the world's first commercially operational Hyperloop transit ... read more.

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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

August 15, 2019

While many startups in the synthetic biology space have struggled to bring products to a commercially relevant scale, Ginkgo Bioworks and Zymergen have avoided this so-called "valley of death" via their service-based models. Instead of developing their own strains to sell their own products, Ginkgo ... read more.

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Gihan Hewage

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

August 15, 2019

Synthetic biology techniques to produce amino acids and sulfated chemicals

The company was founded by researchers from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in early 2019. So far, the company has raised about $6.22 million, which includes investment from Zhejiang NHU, a Chinese company with experience in ... read more.
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

August 15, 2019

Ultrasound-based pipeline corrosion sensor

Offers visual inspection tools and ultrasound sensors and software for detecting cracks, defects, and lost tools in the metal piping Claims that compared to incumbent offerings from major companies like GE and Emerson, its ultrasound sensors focus the waves onto multiple small areas to get a good ... read more.
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Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

August 15, 2019

Wearable armband with environmental sensors for industrial worker safety

The company makes wearable armbands with environmental sensors that monitor gases including CO2, noise, light, temperature, humidity, air pressure, and movement of the plant surroundings as well as the workers; analytics are provided by a machine learning-based software platform that provides ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

August 15, 2019

Surface treatment for enhanced bonding

Christopher Harris, president and CEO, founded Vindicoat in 2014; however, the company's core team has moved on. To date, the company has raised approximately $200,000 in seed funding in 2013/2014 from the founders and friends. The company makes a molecular surface treatment via room-temperature ... read more.
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Runeel Daliah

Owning the Energy Transition

August 15, 2019

Hydrogen generation from silicon and water

Develops silicon fuel that generates hydrogen when mixed with water at ambient temperatures and pressures Claims a hydrogen yield of 10% from silicon fuel; hydrogen produced has high purity and can be used directly in a fuel cell Currently at laboratory scale; plans to launch fuel cartridges with ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

August 14, 2019

Quantum computing software for enhancing chemical simulations used in product design

Develops quantum computing algorithms to enhance chemical simulations used in the design stage of development for products like small molecules, superconductors, drugs, OLEDs, magnets, and chemicals and processes Existing simulation solutions like density functional theory (DFT) struggle with trade-... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

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August 14, 2019

Mobile robots

Develops mobile robots for last-mile delivery, indoor delivery, indoor cleaning, and security applications Claims differentiation in its ability to easily customize machines for different industries and customers, as well as its mapping software; however, the technology is comparable to that of ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

August 14, 2019

Data labeling for machine learning

The company labels data for companies developing machine learning software, targeting computer vision and natural language processing; it makes its own software that takes a first pass at labeling data provided by its customers before passing it on to human contract workers who make corrections ... read more.
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Energy Storage Market Size: 2019 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

This report will quantify the growing market for energy storage, developing market forecasts to project the adoption of energy storage across transportation, consumer electronics, and stationary sectors.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The smart home ecosystem includes different types of solutions and technologies with a number of purposes, such as enabling energy savings, increasing comfort and convenience, and ensuring safety and security in the home. This report intends to focus on the role of home energy management within the smart home ecosystem. The goal is to highlight available technologies and their current applications in the smart home and identify gaps, key challenges, and areas of opportunity.

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The digital transformation provides a launching point for digital-native companies to establish themselves in the physical industries. Incumbents need to anticipate how this change will impact their industry and act on the threats that they face. We create a framework for understanding the digital transformation of an industry, which identifies six core outcomes that digital transformation achieves in any application: uncover invisible insights, predict the future, optimize, upskill humans, make information accessible, and automate. We also discuss how digital use cases, tools, and outcomes are typically lateral across industries, and thus how learnings from one industry can translate to another.

The Digital Maturity Model

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

There is significant hype around digital transformation and companies are vying with each other to build connected products and processes. However, estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. One of the reasons these organizations fail is due to a significant mismatch between their digital capabilities and their digital goals. Companies need a framework to determine their current level of "digitalness" and what capabilities they need to add to get to the next level; in this manner, they can approach their digital transformation in a step-by-step manner thus enhancing their chances of success. In this report, we will present the Lux Digital Maturity Model which will clearly define the different levels of digital maturity in terms of various underlying parameters. In subsequent research, we plan to use this maturity model to benchmark the maturity of digital transformation in various sectors.

The Digital Transformation of Oil and Gas

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The digital transformation of the oil and gas industry has accelerated at a rapid rate in the last decade ever since the 2014 oil price crash. Oil and gas has gradually transitioned from a digital laggard to a potential leader in digital technologies such as digital twins, predictive maintenance, and gas detection. In this report, we discuss the underlying drivers for the industry's imminent push for digital and analyze the primary struggle it faces today of "digital scale-up".

State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

As the dynamics of the global innovation ecosystem continues to shift with the rise of China, interest in Asia-Pacific has never been greater. While historical powerhouses, such as Japan and Korea, continue to innovate at their reputable rates, China's nationa initiatives as well as the flow of their capital into the surrounding areas - Southeast Asia and India - will likely spur the rise of new innovation ecosystems. In this report we take a look at the key hotspots for innovation, identifying the major players in the powerhouses, as well as finding hidden gems in the less thought about countries.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced electrochemical conversion as a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.

Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

When and how will industrial customers of electricity find it most cost-effective to source their own electricity from on-site generators? This report will match power generation technologies with the industries that can benefit from their use and secondary benefits, such as heat and hydrogen production.