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Holly Havel

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June 12, 2019

Laser-based methane detection for continuous monitoring

The company was started by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) and spun out of the university in 2017; to date, the company has received more than $2 million in grant funding via ARPA-E's MONITOR program to support field demonstrations. The company makes dual-frequency ... read more.
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Holly Havel

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June 12, 2019

Aerial methane imaging and leak detection

Offers an aerial-based imaging solution that incorporates an optical camera and imaging spectrometer to detect fugitive methane leaks in oil and gas infrastructure Uses cloud computing and data analytics to generate optical georeferenced maps that show methane plumes and provide computed values for ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

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June 12, 2019

Autonomous truck convoys

Develops a Level 4 (L4) autonomous system for long-haul trucks; although the company aims to enable an L4 truck that can drive entirely on its own (within roughly six years), it is beginning with the development of a convoy of two platooning trucks, where the lead truck is driven by a human, while ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

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June 12, 2019

Last-mile delivery refers to the shipping of products between a penultimate location (like a warehouse, store, or restaurant) and the final customer. Traditional brick-and-mortar companies like Walmart have struggled to compete with internet shopping services like Amazon in the delivery of goods ... read more.

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Yuan-Sheng Yu and Chloe Holzinger

Owning the Energy Transition

June 12, 2019

With Uber's and Lyft's recent IPOs, the discussion of valuations and the coveted unicorn label is making the rounds in the innovation circle again. It seems that this conversation is cyclical – some days, valuations are just another data point within dozens that go into innovation decisions; other ... read more.

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Michael Sullivan

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June 12, 2019

Despite the efforts of Siemens and its peers, optimization through big data-enabled digitization is slow to take hold in industrial settings. Legacy incompatible systems and a steep learning curve make the transformation process slow and laborious. These factors were in evidence at Siemens' recent ... read more.

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Jessica Hernandez

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June 12, 2019

Residential electric load disaggregation and personalized recommendation platform

The company was started by Bruce Townson in 2010; it received research and development funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program and has no disclosed venture capital investments. The company is a developer of residential electric load disaggregation ... read more.
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Jessica Hernandez

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June 12, 2019

Electricity monitoring for homes and businesses

The company was started by Trevor Orton and Nick Gamble in 2009; it has raised $800,000 from Waterloo North Hydro, which acquired a 23% stake in the company back in 2013. The company develops electricity monitoring hardware using current transformer (CT) sensors to measure energy consumption at the ... read more.
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Anthony Vicari and Chloe Holzinger

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 12, 2019

Silicon nanocomposite materials for Li-ion battery anodes

Sila Nanotechnologies develops and manufactures silicon nanocomposite materials for Li-ion battery anodes that it claims are a drop-in replacement for conventional graphite anodes Most of its materials have a high silicon loading of about 50%; while the company could not disclose further details on ... read more.
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Cecilia Gee

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

June 12, 2019

CO₂ sequestration; produces graphite nanoplatelets and graphene oxide

Apoorv Sinha founded Carbon Upcycling Technologies (CUT) in 2014. To date, the company has raised about $1 million from National Resources Canada, National Research Council Canada, Alberta Innovates, and the Carbon XPRIZE competition. The company is a developer of a process that adsorbs CO2 ... read more.
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New business models emerge in the agrichemical industry

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

Digital transformation is occurring across commercial industries and a similar transformation is emerging in the agrichemical sector. Currently 90% of growers receive inputs directly from agrichemical manufacturer/distributors that apply traditional business to business (B2B) models, but digital transformation provides the opportunity to relieve pain points from the B2B model; for example, enabling product performance comparisons, decreasing transaction speed, and enabling data driven product selection and recommendation. We will walk through the current market trends and landscape of this digital transformation, discuss emerging E-commerce business models, and provide insight regarding the digital future of the agrichemical industry.

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: July 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.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

The industrial sector is responsible for 21% of global CO2 emissions and will be the hardest to decarbonize due to its intrinsic need for carbon feedstock and high thermal requirements needs for process operations. However, the industry is coming under increasing pressure to innovate and adopt low-carbon solutions. In this report, we will examine the various technology options available for the industry to decarbonize its operations, and assess the opportunities and challenges that present exist for each technology option.

Asia's Future City

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

Asia's rising urbanization presents numerous opportunities for bleeding edge technology deployment. However, at the same time, lack of traditional infrastructure and a variety of problems from traffic congestion and pollution, will only be amplified as droves of people migrate into cities. While most nations plan to address the immediate needs, several have futuristic aspirations for developing digital societies in a future city. In this report, we analyze the key technologies that will address the demands of Asia's future city as well as highlight the key innovators developing them domestically. 

The 2019 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies: Assessing Corporate Innovation Effort and Business Performance

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

This reports updates Lux’s popular Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB) report on large chemical and material companies first published last year. Although centuries old and largely mature technically and organizationally, the chemical industry still requires innovation to drive growth in a tough globally competitive market. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we analyze 40 top chemical and material firms using the LCB (which scores companies based on Innovation Effort and Business Execution) and other analysis tools. We examine the relationships between Innovation Effort and Business Execution, open and internal innovation, and tech research type across the whole industry and for specific industry segments.

Energy Storage Market Size: 2019 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: July 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.

Partnership Opportunities in Polymer 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The polymer 3D printing space is becoming more fragmented with hundreds of start-ups, various materials, material form factors, and involvement of large corporations and service bureaus. What is the nature of the polymer 3D printing value chain? How is the partnership network evolving? And, what are the partnerships opportunities in the polymer 3D printing value chain?

Made in China 2025: Identifying China's Move up the Global Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. In this report, we analyze the ten key industry sectors highlighted in this policy by identifying the specific technologies that China will be developing domestically, the funding that will support it, and the key companies where the core competencies of these technologies are embedded.

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.