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Grant Klafehn

Future Grid More...

November 1, 2018

Home energy monitoring for energy efficiency, electric fire safety, and demand response

The company was founded by Oren Schetrit and Steven Lanzisera in 2014; in 2016, the company was acquired by Earth Networks, but was spun out as its own company in 2017 while also receiving a grant of undisclosed size from Elemental Excelerator. The company develops two devices to monitor a home's ... read more.
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Energy meteo systems
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Grant Klafehn

Future Grid More...

November 1, 2018

Wind and solar prediction and VPP services

The company was founded by Ulrich Focken and Matthias Lange in 2004; it has not released any information on investments or funding since. Energy & Meteos Systems provides two distinct services: the first is weather predictions for solar irradiation and wind speeds, along with predicted electricity ... read more.
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Xeltis
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Nardev Ramanathan

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 1, 2018

Restorative heart valve therapy

Martijn Cox founded Xeltis as a spinoff from the University of Zurich in 2006 and later merged with Qtis/e, a Dutch spinoff from Eindhoven University of Technology, in 2012. Xeltis has raised €75 million in funding over three rounds; the latest funding came from a Series C round that raised €45 ... read more.
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Lux research
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Katrina Westerhof

Digital Transformation

November 1, 2018

We recently chaired the IoT Security Summit in Dallas, Texas, where technology developers and security analysts from a wide range of industries and applications gathered to discuss technologies and implementation best practices in IoT security. While technology innovation was the focus of some ... read more.

Analyst Insight
H2oai
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Venkatesh Konanur and Cole McCollum

Digital Transformation More...

November 1, 2018

With the boom of AI and machine learning, there has been a growing demand for data science skills in the workforce. Universities have started ramping up course offerings in this area; for example, MIT recently announced a whopping $1 billion investment in a new college focused solely on AI. However... read more.

Analyst Insight
Dovestech
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

November 1, 2018

Cybersecurity software with threat visualization

The company develops a suite of security services and tools: "Threat Pop" and "Jazz" are security software that offers visualization of malicious network activity for the benefit of security analysts; "Threat Red" is a white-hat hacking service designed to spot vulnerabilities within the existing ... read more.
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Prevision
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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Transformation More...

November 1, 2018

Automated machine learning platform

Offers an automated machine learning (AutoML) platform that automates data cleanup, feature engineering, and model selection; however, does not currently include hyperparameter tuning The solution is similar to other AutoML platforms like XBrain, H2O, and DataRobot, but it claims to better choose ... read more.
Company Profile
Smr nuscale bw
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Max Halik

Next Generation Power More...

October 31, 2018

Modular fission reactors that are smaller than conventional reactors and emphasize security and low capital expenditure costs, often using molten salts as a coolant material. Clients are strongly advised to keep a close eye on the relatively few SMR developers with tangible progress toward ... read more.

Technology
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Hirosei Kuruma

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

October 31, 2018

While consumer smartwatches were first introduced as a technology push, the market has now embraced the smartwatch as a valuable product, and we are seeing the emergence of application-specific smartwatches. Looking to the future, smartwatches will play a key role in expanding the digital ecosystem ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Quantum sensors offer improvements in sensitivity and precision compared to their classical sensing counterparts. In this report, we will discuss the current capabilities and development opportunities in materials and designs.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 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.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In the past four years, understanding of metamaterials has dramatically improved, and novel manufacturing techniques have become more mature. With the demand from communication and other sectors, metamaterials are on the cusp of commercialization. This report will identify key innovations and obstacles, and begin to quantify the market opportunity around metamaterials.

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.

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: June 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.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

This report will analyze the Ellen McArthur Foundation. Specifically, it will focus on the first 11 to 12 companies that joined and their sustainability strategies (what are they, how likely is it that they're met).

Synbio Partnership Landscape

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

This report will map the synthetic biology partnership landscape to identify where current opportunities exist for partnering.

New business models emerge in the agrichemical industry

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 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: Q3 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.

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.