Natural fiber welding
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Charles Willard

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May 23, 2019

Welds fibrous biomass into fiber and alternative leather materials

Developed a process that reformats fibrous biomass into either natural fibers or an alternative leather material; primarily utilizes virgin and recycled cotton for its fiber platform and vegetable or soybean oil with hemp and cork waste for its alternative leather material; the alternative leather ... read more.
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Kristin Marshall

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May 23, 2019

Fuels and aromatic chemicals from ethanol, sugars, and lignocellulosic biomass

Virent is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum Corporation Converts bio-based feedstocks into fuels and aromatic chemicals via an aqueous-phase catalytic process; products are drop-in replacements for petroleum-based fuels and chemicals  Claims to be able to use the same catalytic systems... read more.
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Dowdupont
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Gihan Hewage

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May 23, 2019

During its 1Q 2019 Earnings Conference Call, DowDuPont announced it would consider selling a total of six businesses with combined annual sales of $2 billion. Four of the six businesses tie into sustainability, including DuPont's Biomaterials business, known for bio-based 1,3-propanediol (PDO) and ... read more.

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Cole McCollum

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May 23, 2019

Sensor for detecting vaping, smoking, and bullying

The company was started by CEO Derek Peterson; prior to starting the company, he was a VP of Business Development at IPS, a product engineering design firm. The company has not publicly disclosed any funding information. The company makes the FlySense 250, which is an alert system for detecting ... read more.
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Inivation
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Venkatesh Konanur

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May 23, 2019

Event-driven vision sensors

The company was started by CEO Kynan Eng, Tobi Delbruck, Rodney Douglas, and Sven-Erik Jacobsen in 2015; IniVation has not released funding details. Inivation offers event-driven vision sensors that are activated by motion in the frame, as opposed to continuously filming the entire scene; this helps... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

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May 23, 2019

Develops products to improve crop nutrient use efficiency

The company was started by Paine & Partners as an investment platform for plant health and nutrition solutions, but through acquisitions and collaborations developed valuable products. To date, the company has raised about $40 million. The company makes a wide variety of products, including ... read more.
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Ion storage systems
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Tim Grejtak

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May 22, 2019

Inorganic solid-state batteries with oxide-based electrolyte

Ion Storage Systems develops an oxide-based solid electrolyte and multilayer ceramics manufacturing process for high-power, high-energy solid-state batteries using lithium metal anodes and a variety of cathodes Demonstrated 6C lithium plating rates and 100 cycles without degradation or short-... read more.
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Gem
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Tim Grejtak

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May 22, 2019

End-of-life management of Li-ion batteries is a complex undertaking. With Li-ion battery deployment expected to quadruple over the next five years, largely driven by the transportation sector, major stakeholders like automakers are looking to near-term solutions to responsibly and profitably manage ... read more.

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Yarok
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Harini Venkataraman

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May 21, 2019

Pathogen detection system for food safety applications

Develops rapid pathogen detection test based on intracellular metabolism of bacterial pathogens like Salmonella, Listeria, and E. coli; currently not focusing on yeasts and mold detection Develops proprietary reagents and markers that, when applied to the food samples, result in intensification of ... read more.
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The Market Opportunity for Emerging Displays

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

Flexible displays have been an emerging opportunity for over a decade, but have yet to achieve significant traction. In this report, we'll explore the state of the flexible displays market, how the technology's challenges can be overcome to enable widespread adoption, and how clients should participate in the flexible displays value chain.

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

In recent years China is continuously challenging the West for the top spot on the global innovation leader board. With a face-paced innovation process that is counter intuitive to the traditional stage-gate approach developed and deployed in the West, China is quickly transforming itself into a global innovation leader - shedding its dated copycat stereotype and quickly transforming into the copied. At the root of this success is the fast changing socio-economic trends coupled with access to cutting edge technologies. In a unique public-private-people partnership, the government, private sector, and the masses together are enabling the country in bringing new innovations into the market at lighting speed.

Bio-based Intermediate Chemicals Market Growth

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

This report will assess growth projections of intermediate chemicals given different oil-price environments.

Plastic Recycling Technologies Cost Assessment

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

This report will model the cost of various plastic recycling technologies in order to assess and compare their respective value propositions.

The Status of Non-metal and Non-polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

This report aims to define the 3D printing technology landscape for non-metal and non-polymer materials. It answers the following questions: Who are the key players developing other materials in the 3D printing space? What are their technological readiness levels? What does the technology development roadmap look like?

How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

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Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Ubiquitous Sensing

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Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

As commoditized sensors become cheaper and offer improved performance they can now be more readily incorporated into new applications and devices that were previously not feasible. These always-on sensors in consumer and industrial environments will allow for continuous monitoring, all while being transparent and not interfering with individuals daily activities.

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

Under a drastically different economic and technology backdrop, Southeast Asia's energy startup ecosystem has spawned with accessibility, affordability, and reliability as the top priorities in energy. This report will take a look at the region's energy startup ecosystem and identify the key players leading the cause and the unique sets of challenges they face. As the future global center of energy demand, it remains critical to understand the region to find key opportunities to enter the market with a higher success rate.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Carbon Capture

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced carbon capture as a key technology that will allow multiple industrial sectors to decarbonize their operations by capturing CO₂ emissions from point-sources. In this report, we will look at the cost of carbon capture using multiple configurations, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of carbon capture in the industrial sector.

Connecting the Dots: The Impact of Industrial and Power Decarbonization on Gas Demand

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: Q4 2019

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 industrial demand sectors such as power, steel manufacturing, paper, residential heating, gradually move towards disruptive, low carbon solutions such as hydrogen, heat pumps, and electric heating, the outlook for gas needs to be revisited. In this report, we connect the dots between the various pieces of the broader energy system, and analyse the collateral impact of emerging technologies on the global gas and LNG markets in the near future.