Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

December 13, 2019

Plant-based alternative material to replace the use of plastics for single-use cups and packaging

Developed a biodegradable plant-based material for packaging applications Currently testing its materials with potential customers and plans to establish a pilot production plant early 2020 to manufacture the material on a larger scale Targets single-use cup and packaging applications as an ... read more.
Company Profile

Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

December 13, 2019

Floating solar platforms for marine applications

Oceans of Energy was started in 2016 by current CEO Allard van Hoeken; to date, the company has raised an undisclosed amount of funding, including a €300,000 investment from UNIIQ, as well as funding under EU project FORESEA– which has a total budget of €10.75 ($11.97) million. The company develops ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Yuan-Sheng Yu

Digital Transformation More...

December 13, 2019

An innovation cluster is a grouping of independent organizations that operates in a specific sector and is designed to stimulate innovative activity. This is one in a series of insights examining innovation clusters in the energy industry, supported by primary research that Lux Research will be ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Yuan-Sheng Yu

The Future of Mobility

December 12, 2019

Shared electric scooter operator and developer

The company was started by Zachary Wang and Harry Yu in 2016; Zachary is the CEO, bringing experience from the clean energy space, previously founding a residential solar startup and developing electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles; Harry is the CTO, with a data science background specializing in... read more.
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Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

December 12, 2019

Nanosized materials and methods of fabrication that enable greater color purity and color gamut in display panels. Quantum dots are readily available and customizable materials that have been commercialized and also present a potential for additional innovations in the display industry and beyond. ... read more.

Technology

Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

December 12, 2019

AI-based platform for seismic processing and production forecasting

The company was founded by CEO Jean-Paul Dessap in Paris, France, in July 2017; since its founding, the company has opened an office location in Houston, Texas; the company's funding history is unknown. The company makes an integrated AI-based platform to support geoscience workflows from ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

December 12, 2019

Acoustic inspection technology for pipeline and subsea inspection in oil and gas

The company was founded in Norway in 2012 to develop cost-effective inspection tools for the oil and gas industry; the company has since expanded operations to Houston, Texas, and is jointly owned by Energy Ventures, Shell Technology Ventures, DNV GL, and Chevron. The company makes ultrawide-band ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

December 12, 2019

Agriculture biologicals subsidiary of Evogene

The company was founded by Evogene as an agriculture biological subsidiary in 2019; Ido Dor, previously leader of the Ag-Biologicals unit at Evogene, is the CEO, and James Presnail, previously director of molecular biology and analytics at Calyxt, acts as COO. Among its investors, we emphasize ... read more.
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Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

December 12, 2019

Solid-state thin-film batteries and large-format pouch cells

Creates thin-film solid-state batteries (SSBs) using an LCO cathode and large-format solid-state pouch cells for EVs using an NMC cathode; each battery technology uses a doped silicon anode and undisclosed electrolyte Its newest thin-film battery has a footprint of 10.75 mm × 3.75 mm, with 0.6 mm ... read more.
Company Profile

Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

December 12, 2019

High-altitude wind power from a tethered drone

Ampyx Power develops an airborne wind energy system (AWES) consisting of a fixed-wing drone connected by a tether to a ground-based generator; this system operates at altitudes between 200 m and 450 m and can reach capacity factors between 40% and 60% depending on the drone's wing area The company ... read more.
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Electrochemicals - What Will It Take for Electricity to Deliver the Final Blow to Oil?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Electrochemical conversion is 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.

Quantum computing for chemicals and materials

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Many of the earliest practical applications of quantum computing are related to the technology's potential to simulate systems (of limited size) at a quantum level. While this opens up exciting applications, that excitement must be tempered with the limitations of an extremely early-stage technology. In this report, we examine how quantum computing will play a role in chemicals and materials industries over the coming years.

The Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Management Opportunity

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2020

Organizations are built upon the exchange and synthesis of vast amounts of information from both internal and external stakeholders. However, much of this information goes uncaptured digitally and that which does often exists in unstructured formats such as emails, documents, and reports that make it difficult to process and analyze for insights. Emerging AI tools like natural language processing (NLP) offer new capabilities to automatically capture, interpret, and communicate information at a low-cost and massive scale thereby unlocking significant opportunities to improve the efficiency of processes, uncover and manage knowledge, and enable new business models. This report will lay out the landscape of NLP tools and capabilities available, analyze the new opportunities enabled by these tools, and forecast where the space is heading.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Lux covers the potential for sustainability and green technologies to become an alternate source of revenue as concerns regarding environmental impact and risk continue to grow.

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

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

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.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Corrosion remains perhaps the most persistent challenge we face in the materials industry. New sustainability regulations are making this even more challenging, by pushing out chrome 6 and limiting the use of solvents. This report will scout early stage technologies, start-ups, and identify corporate approaches to tackling the corrosion challenge.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

With many automakers heavily invested in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and more than 1 million vehicles in annual sales, the electric mobility revolution is well underway. Yet even as more and more automakers announce aggressive electrification strategies, challenges facing the lithium industry could have significant impacts on the future battery and BEV markets. This report considers the gap between lithium supply and demand forecasts, the innovative companies looking to address the challenges in producing battery-ready lithium chemicals, and the established incumbents best positioned to take advantage of this critical market opportunity.

The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Several metrics indicate that, over the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise in interest as well as innovation in the area of edge computing. In a previous report, we had discussed the key drivers, taxonomy of different types of edge computing technologies, and some key players in this space. However, there is little clarity on where and what type of edge computing should be used in different applications. In this report, we will dive into the nuances of different applications and use cases where edge computing will play an important role.

Water Scarcity: the Next Big Threat to Materials Manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Concerns surrounding water scarcity are on the rise, with more regions facing extreme drought conditions than ever before. As such, industries that are historically water intensive will face mounting pressure from consumers and government agencies to curb consumption. To get ahead of such threats, companies should be adopting methods of synthesizing products that do not involve water as heavily. This report aims to identify where innovation in materials manufacturing can have the greatest impact in reducing water consumption and strategies materials companies should take in implementing such technologies.

Digital Therapeutics

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Digital therapeutics are a key element of the ongoing digital transformation of healthcare. These tools support personalized yet scalable health services, which is critical where high costs and accessibility represent barriers to quality healthcare. This report will outline the landscape of digital therapeutics, demystify the challenges that they face, and provide an outlook on the future role of digital therapeutics in the healthcare landscape.