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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

July 11, 2019

Artificial intelligence-powered platform for detection and classification of bacteria and other water contaminants

The company was founded by Peter Ma, a software engineer and freelance rapid prototype specialist. The company makes an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven optical test system to detect and distinguish bacteria and other contaminants in water, based on results from an open-source project that the ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

July 11, 2019

Lux was recently in attendance at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2019 held in Houston, Texas. The event covered a host of topics relating to the ever-changing landscape of exploration and production, with a strong focus on LNG and offshore renewables, as digital transformation remains a ... read more.

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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

July 11, 2019

IIoT pressure-monitoring device for upstream oil and gas applications

The company was founded by President and CEO Toku Ito, who previously co-founded Zedi and served as CTO there for more than 25 years; the Calgary-based company develops pressure monitoring solutions for the oil and gas industry and has been internally funded to date. The company is a developer of an... read more.
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Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

July 11, 2019

Augmented reality company that develops products and platforms

The company was started by Drew Perkins, Michael Wienmer, and Michale Deering, all of whom held senior roles in technology startups in the past. So far, the company has raised about $125.9 million, with the latest $97 million coming from a Series B round. Among its investors, we highlight Gradient ... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

July 11, 2019

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Solid-state batteries with polymer current collectors

APB is a developer of solid-state batteries that are differentiated from other designs in two ways: It uses a polymer-based current collector instead of metals, and it utilizes a bipolar cell design. The company was founded by Hideaki Horie, a well-respected researcher at Keio University and Nissan ... read more.
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Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

July 11, 2019

South Korea's April 2019 launch of 5G networks by its three main operators (Korea Telecom, SK Telecom, and LG U+) is already yielding industrial use cases. The most prominent cases are in the automotive sector, where 5G connections are being used by parts suppliers for process improvement and by ... read more.

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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

July 11, 2019

At the end of May, Lux Research attended the Skin Microbiome Congress in Boston. Conference attendees hailed from a variety of backgrounds, including academia, law, medicine, and industry. Over the two-day event, presentations were given to provide conferencegoers the option of 1) building a more ... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

July 11, 2019

The Industry 4.0 landscape today is a complicated web of technologies, with solutions offering to translate incoming data feeds, structure the information, store data, and develop applications. Without proper infrastructure in place for these steps, enterprises have run into issues from dirty and ... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

July 11, 2019

Machine learning-based machine failure and production optimization software

Offers process optimization, predictive maintenance, and virtual sensor software for process industries; provides value for these industries by building tailored models for machine failure prediction and process optimization Claims that its machine learning-based baseline models save facilities the ... 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.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: July 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.

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.

Key Players and Business Models in the Connected Car

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

The connected car technology space is broad and complex and due to this complexity identifying opportunities can be challenging. This report will look at how different types of players from applications developers to automotive OEMs to municipalities can both make money and get value out of different connected car services.

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.

The Digital Maturity Model

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: July 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.

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.

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".

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?

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.